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Madonna reveals her fight against ageism
London, May 5: She is the undisputed Queen of Pop who has sold more than 300m records worldwide in a near four decade career.
And Madonna has detailed her fight against ageism in the music industry and addressed her reported feud with Lady Gaga in a stunning new spread for British Vogue.
The iconic singer, who turned 60 in August 2018, spoke about the battles she has fought - and continues to face - in a career which has seen her push the boundaries of modern music and image.
The songstress, who broke into the music scene in 1982, said: ‘’People have always been trying to silence me for one reason or another, whether it’s that I’m not pretty enough, I don’t sing well enough, I’m not talented enough, I’m not married enough, and now it’s that I’m not young enough.
‘So they just keep trying to find a hook to hang their beef about me being alive on. Now I’m fighting ageism, now I’m being punished for turning 60.’
The star then went onto speak candidly about her relationships with her children, Lourdes, 22, Rocco, 18, David and Mercy, both 13, and Esther and Stella, both six.
Madonna told the publication that she regrets giving her children phones after it ‘ended her relationship’ with them, and has already banned adopted son David from having one.
She said: ‘I’m going to stick that one out for as long as possible, because I made a mistake when I gave me older phones when they were 13.’
‘It ended my relationship with them, really. Not completely, but it became a very very big part of their lives.
‘They became too inundated with imagery and started to compare themselves with other people, and that’s really bad for self-growth.’
The music legend also admitted that out of all of her children - four of whom are adopted - she feels the greatest connection to David.
‘What David has more than anything is focus and determination. I’m pretty sure he got it from me. He’s the one I have the most in common with,’ she said.
‘I feel like he gets me - he has more of my DNA than any of my children so far.’
Madonna also revealed her oldest daughter Lourdes - who she had with Cuban dancer Carlos Leon - is already planning on following in her footsteps with a career in stardom.
Describing her daughter by her nickname Lola, the songstress said: ‘Lola is insanely talented. I’m green with envy because she’s incredible at everything she does - she’s an incredible dancer, she’s a great actress, she plays the piano beautifully, she’s way better than me in the talent department. But she doesn’t have the same drive.’
The Like A Virgin hitmaker also dismissed the notion she and Lady Gaga, 33, had ever been enemies - with the pair famously butting heads for eight years over Gaga’s song Born This Way in 2011.
Madonna said: ‘’People got very excited about that we were enemies, when we never were enemies.’
The superstar singers were seen posing together at Guy Oseary and Madonna’s Oscars after-party in Los Angeles in February, showing any bad blood had vanished after the initial spat was sparked in 2011.
At the time critics claimed that Gaga‘s Born This Way sounded a lot like Madonna‘s Express Yourself- which Gaga branded ‘ridiculous.’
In 2015, Madonna seemed to agree that her track had been borrowed.
But in 2016 Gaga said, ‘Madonna and I are very different. I wouldn’t make that comparison at all. I don’t mean to disrespect Madonna … she’s a nice lady, and she’s had a fantastic, huge career.
‘She’s the biggest pop star of all time…But I play a lot of instruments. I write all my own music. I spend hours and hours a day in the studio. I’m a producer. I’m a writer. What I do is different.’
Madonna didn’t seem to like that as she shared a meme of Hillary Clinton looking at her phone.
The text read, ‘Can’t hear you. Too busy being awesome’ with the caption reading, ‘Like a boss! LOL.’
The Live To Tell singer, who recently returned to the music scene with single Medellín and new album Madame X after a four year hiatus - revealed she didn’t have role models because no-one is in her specific position.
She said: ‘There are no living role models for me. Because nobody does what I do.
‘And that’s kind of scary. I can look back at women who I think were great and amazing – freedom fighters, like Simone de Beauvoir or Angela Davis – but they didn’t have kids.
‘Being a single parent of six children, I continue to be creative and be an artist and be politically active, to have a voice, to do all the things that I do. So I mean, there isn’t anybody in my position.’
Madonna looked stunning in the vintage-inspired spread, reminiscent of Sophia Loren in La Dolce Vita.
She donned a coiffed brunette wig paired with smoky eye make-up and a dark lip as she coquettishly bit a pen in one stunning black and white snap.
The star wowed in a crisp white blouse and slacks in the arty snap.
The opulence continued as she reclined in a bath tub in a black off-the-shoulder gown with a shimmering strand of pearls around her neck.
Madame X is slated for a June 14 release and, as well as Medellín collaborator Maluma, featured contributions from the likes of Diplo, Migos’ Quavo, Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee, and Anitta.