Carlos Leon: I'm a Lenient Father to Lourdes

Their own relationship didn’t last, but Carlos Leon found the love of his life thanks to Madonna – their daughter Lourdes.

“I’m forever grateful to [Madonna],” Leon tells PEOPLE. “I have no regrets. I wouldn’t change anything. I got the best thing out of that relationship, and that’s my daughter. My daughter is everything to me.”

Like many smitten fathers, Leon, 44, admits he has a tough time being strict with Lourdes, now 14.

Carlos Leon upset that Lourdes has lost NY accent

20051026madonnagyCarlos Leon is reportedly upset that his daughter, Lourdes, 10, has lost her New York accent.