JEAN PAUL GAULTIER says he popped the question to Madonna three times — but she turned him down every time.

The French designer said his proposals were serious but he knew that wedded bliss with the Material Girl singer would be ‘impossible’.

‘Maybe it was because it was impossible that I proposed to her,’ the 67-year-old said. ‘But I wanted to express the fact of how much I was loving and admiring her.’

He also told Tatler: ‘One time, she said something like, “It’s not so good in reality to have a relationship?” All her men had made her suffer.

‘So I said, “I will not make you suffer”, and she said, “Maybe it’s you that will suffer”.’

Gaultier also recalled being flashed at by a kilt-wearing Guy Ritchie, when the film director wed Madonna in 2000.

‘I understood then why she loves him,’ he said. However, the couple divorced eight years later.

Gaultier, who designed one of Madonna’s most talked-about looks — her conical bustier — also defended the 60-year-old’s right to ‘still dance in basques’ and cavort with young men on tracks from new album Madame X.

‘Why shouldn’t a woman be in love with a young man, and a young man with an older woman?’ he asked.

Read the full interview in Tatler’s August issue, on sale and available to download from tomorrow.

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