The Queen of Pop and mother of four shares her thoughts on living out­side the box.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Inspiration -

songs that re­veal my feel­ings but some­times I don’t like to be so lit­eral or so spe­cific. I like to be more mys­te­ri­ous. … IG­NORE THE HATERS? If peo­ple are look­ing for some­thing bad, they’re go­ing to find it. We’re in a fun­da­men­tal­ist, lit­er­al­ist so­ci­ety where there can’t be any du­al­ity to some­thing. No one un­der­stands irony. No one has a sense of hu­mour. There’s no com­plex­ity to things. Ev­ery­thing is just sur­face value. I like to think that my songs will find the au­di­ence they are meant to find. And those who can’t un­der­stand or connect to them, well, they’ll find some­thing else. … STRIP IT ALL DOWN? When it came to writ­ing The Rebel Heart, my orig­i­nal in­ten­tion was to just sit with var­i­ous song­writ­ers and write. That was my goal, and I wanted the al­bum to be some­thing I could strum a gui­tar to and sing with­out other peo­ple in­volved. Even “Bitch, I’m Madonna” I could sing on acous­tic gui­tar. It’s ac­tu­ally quite good.

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