Over endless samples of wine and with an at-hand “strapping young man” serving her, Madonna sat down with Harper’s Bazaar to fulfill her “duties” as the magazine’s February cover girl.
Whether it was the drinks, or just the need for the spotlight, the star shared her opinions and anecdotes on everything from politics to stand-up comedy.
As of 2016, the 58-year-old singer’s new worth was totaled at $560 million. With a fine art collection featuring the work of Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Frida Kahlo, Madonna’s real estate portfolio is only the tip of her wealth iceberg.
But guess what?
She feels oppressed.
For whatever reason, the star has always felt held back:
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“I’ve always felt oppressed.
I know a lot of people would go, ‘Oh, that’s ridiculous for you to say that. You’re a successful white, wealthy pop star,’ but I’ve had the s*** kicked out of me for my entire life, and a large part of that is because I’m female and also because I refuse to live a conventional life.
I’ve created a very unconventional family. I have lovers who are three decades younger than me.”
It’s true that Madonna has had her fair share “young lovers.” In 2016, she was linked to 25-year-old model, Aboubakar Soumahoro, for a few months. But it was Brahim Zaibat in 2010 that stole her heart.
On “Nightline” she said that she didn’t mean to fall for Zaibat, a 23-year-old dancer, but “it just happened”:
“You see, that’s the romantic in me. I just met someone that I cared for, and this happened to be his age.”
The diva also had some insight on the presidential election.
Madonna—being the die-hard Democrat she is—described the intense way she rung in President-elect Trump’s win:
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“On election night… we were truly praying. We were praying. It was just like watching a horror show. And then she [her friend] was reading from the Quran, and I was reading from the Zohar. We were doing everything: lighting candles, meditating, praying, offering our lives to God forever, if only.
I went to sleep, and since that night, I wake up every morning and it’s like when you break up with somebody who has really broken your heart. It’s not a bad dream. It really happened. It’s like being dumped by a lover and also being stuck in a nightmare.”
And the interview wouldn’t be complete without her take on what’s coming up in her career. Madonna revealed that she’s warned comedians like Amy Schumer about her own future endeavor into comedy, which is sure to be something the world will never forget:
“I’m liking the idea more and more of just standing up with a microphone and talking. I like talking; I like playing with the audience. That’s what I’ve started to do with “Tears of a Clown” [Madonna’s last show]. I’m obsessed with clowns and what they represent and the idea that clowns are supposed to make you laugh, but inevitably they’re hiding something. That’s how I look at my life.
“I keep telling Amy Schumer and Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock that I’m going to do standup, and they’d better watch out. I’m coming. I’m coming right behind them.”
For a sneak peek into her comedy debut, you can view her performance on “The Tonight Show” below:
Although Madonna has had one of the more controversial, racy, and marathon-like careers in entertainment, the singer clearly won’t let her fast-approaching 60th birthday, Trump’s presidency, or another failed relationship with a 20-something dancer keep her from continuing on her…unique path.