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OTRC: Madonna has romantic 53rd birthday celebration with 24-year-old Brahim Zaibat

Madonna appears in a Dolce and Gabbana campaign photo posted on her official website. / Brahim Zaibat appears in an undated photo from his official Facebook page. (Madonna.com / Facebook.com/Brahim-Zaibat-official)

Madonna celebrated her 53rd birthday on Monday with a romantic getaway with 24-year-old French break dancer Brahim Zaibat.

The couple was photographed kissing on the beach in the Hamptons, New York, while Madonna's children David and Mercy played in the sand nearby wearing helmets.

Zaibat recently opened up about meeting the singer, telling the British newspaper the Daily Mail, "It wasn't like meeting a monster! She's just a woman like all the others. She's an extraordinary artist and world famous, of course, but a woman above all."

The pop star, who officially turns 53 on Tuesday, August 16, has been linked to Zaibat since last year, after he performed at the launch of Madonna's clothing line at Macy's in New York, following her split from Brazilian model Jesus Luz, who is also 24.

In June, the two were spotted kissing during a romantic Paris vacation, just weeks after reports of a breakup. The two have not commented and have also never confirmed a relationship. People magazine called him Madonna's "reported beau." Several news outlets said that the two had broken up in May.

The Daily Mail reported at the time that the couple called it quits because Zaibat's Muslim family did not want him going to Kabbalah meetings with Madonna.

The dancer's mother, who is eight years younger than Madonna, told the paper about her reaction upon hearing about the relationship, "My mouth fell open. Madonna was already a big star when I was a schoolgirl, let alone when Brahim was growing up. The whole situation is very strange indeed - surreal even."

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