Madonna is going all out to ensure her ‘Madame X’ album campaign in an event.
British Vogue just gifted the Pop queen quite the boost by featuring her a-front of their June issue.
Beyond posing for a monochrome shoot with Mert & Marcus, Madge seized the feature’s inner pages to open up about her latest challenge and motherhood in the spotlight.
Join us after the jump…
Referencing what some are deeming ageism as relates to the playlisting of her music on streaming and radio waves, the singer 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.”
She went on to stress that she feels she has no one to directly look up to as to what to expect next:
“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.”
Expanding, she opened up her children. She said of adopted son David:
“What he 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. I feel like he gets me; he has more of my DNA than any of my children so far. Let’s see what happens – it’s still early days for everyone.”
She candidly said of her first child, Lourdes:
“[She] 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, and again, I feel social media plagues her and makes her feel like, ‘People are going to give me things because I’m her daughter.’ I try to give her examples of other children of celebrities like Zoë Kravitz, for instance, who have to work through that ‘Oh yeah, you’re the daughter of…’ – and then eventually you are taken seriously for what you do. You just have to keep going. But does she have the same drive that I have? No. But she also has a mother, and I didn’t. She grew up with money, and I didn’t. So everything is going to be different. But what can I do? I can’t fixate on it. I just have to do my best.” [Source]
In an era where artists are sharing more than ever and yet are oddly more PC than ever, it’s refreshing to see Madonna tell her truth.
‘Madame X’ arrives June 14th.