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Madonna zegt dat adoptietweeling niet weet wat haar beroep is

Estere en Stella, de vijfjarige tweeling die Madonna in februari adopteerde, weten niet dat hun moeder een bekendheid is.

"Ze hebben geen idee", vertelt de zangeres aan People. "Dat is juist goed, want ik ben vooral hun moeder."

Toen het gezin aan tafel zat te eten en haar grote hit Holiday werd gespeeld op de radio, vertelde Madonna's andere adoptiezoon David de tweeling dat het een hit was van hun moeder. "Ze hadden zoiets van: huh?", aldus de popster.

In het gesprek vertelt de 59-jarige zangeres dat de tweeling, die nu zeven maanden bij haar woont, zich inmiddels goed thuisvoelt in het gezin. "Het is alsof ze er altijd al zijn geweest."

Het adoptieproces startte afgelopen zomer. Madonna kreeg hierbij geen voorkeursbehandeling. "Omdat ik een publiek figuur ben willen mensen er niet van beschuldigd worden dat ze mij een speciale behandeling geven. Dus het is niet makkelijk geweest. Het was moeilijk, maar zo ontzettend de moeite waard."


Ook het adoptieproces van David en Mercy (beiden 11), die net als de tweeling uit Malawi komen, verliep moeizaam. In 2008 adopteerde zij David. "Elke krant schreef dat ik hem had ontvoerd. Ik dacht alleen maar: ik red iemands leven hier, waarom verkondigen jullie deze onzin over mij? Ik deed alles volgens de regels. Dat was een dieptepunt, ik huilde mezelf in slaap."

Een jaar later adopteerde Madonna dochter Mercy. De zangeres was toen net gescheiden van regisseur Guy Ritchie. "Ze vonden dat ik daardoor niet in staat was een kind op te voeden. De manier waarop ik behandeld werd, zo seksistisch, was belachelijk."

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Madonna's spring awakening (interview Harper's Bazaar)

Madonna has no patience for bad wine. I learned this while sitting in a well-appointed living room at her New York City home, with Nina Simone playing softly in the background. I must tell you, Madonna's house smells amazing—something delicious, maybe roasted chicken, was cooking in a kitchen elsewhere in the manse, and there was a gentle fragrance in the air, jasmine, perhaps. While I waited for Madonna, her day-to-day manager, her publicist, and I chatted while reclining on gorgeous cream-colored furniture set upon the largest rug I'd ever seen, on top of immaculate black wood floors. On the wall behind me was a black-and-white photograph of a woman perched on the edge of a mussed bed, scantily clad, sucking on a gun, it's Helmut Newton's "Girl with Gun" photograph. Of course.

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Madonna was late, but that didn't matter because she is Madonna. What is time, really? She was all apologies when she arrived, and we quickly got down to business. She was in the process of planning a fund-raiser at Art Basel in Miami Beach, and like any perfectionist she wanted to taste the wines that could be served. She knelt on the floor as she considered various reds and whites and a rosé—or "summer water," as she called it. "Roxane," Madonna said. "You don't have to wear that dress tonight. …" That's when I exhaled. This was familiar territory. My name is part of a well-known song or two. I smiled and said, "No, I do not." At one point she asked me for my opinion on a particularly troublesome wine, handed me her glass, and swore she didn't have anything contagious. I believed her and took a sip. To be fair, the wine was terrible—it tasted like vinegar—and the year on the bottle said 2016, so it wasn't really wine yet. It was the suggestion of wine.

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Madonna is very good at multitasking. While she was considering the wines, she held forth with me, and before long she was done with the bad wine. "Take the mediocre out of here," she tells Dustin, the strapping young man who served all the wine and apologized for its mediocrity even though that mediocrity was not his fault. "I'll go broke before I drink bad wine," she declared, and I was entirely in agreement. I wanted nothing more than for Madonna to offer her opinions on wine for the rest of the evening. Dustin promptly brought us the good wine, served in a crystal decanter. I drank it, and it was, indeed, good.

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In the days leading up to our conversation, I kept wondering what I could possibly ask Madonna that she hadn't already been asked. She has been a figure in popular culture for more than 30 years. There was plenty I was curious about. I mean, I grew up on her music. As a good Catholic girl, I was obsessed with "Like a Prayer" and how she blended transubstantiation and eroticism. I listened to The Immaculate Collection nonstop. I coveted her book Sex, which came out just as I turned 18. I've been intrigued by her personal life. I've admired her stamina and artistic evolution. But I didn't want to ask silly questions. I didn't want to pry even though my job was, of course, to pry.

"I don't believe there's a certain age where you can't say and feel and be who you want to be."

Over the course of an hour, we talked about a great many things, but we started with her upcoming movie project, Loved, an adaptation of Andrew Sean Greer's novel The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells. On her coffee table, there were binders filled with research for the project—potential settings, costumes, and so on. Madonna is thorough. In fact, she co-wrote the screenplay and will be directing the film. The novel follows the title character as she moves through time and negotiates three different lives she could have lived. The story also focuses on Greta's relationship with her gay twin brother, Felix, in those different lives. "It touches on a lot of really important topics I've always been invested in or championed—fighting for women's rights, gay rights, civil rights, always fighting for the underdog," Madonna says. "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 shit kicked out of me for my entire career, 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. This makes people very uncomfortable. I feel like everything I do makes people feel really uncomfortable. Why does this book appeal to me? Why did I want to adapt it into a screenplay? Because it touches me on so many levels and it deals with so many important topics. Right now, more than ever, it's an extremely timely story to tell."

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Roxane Gay: As an artist, whether it's in film or music or writing, do you think your work is political?

Madonna: Completely.

RG: How so?

M: Because I'm political. I believe in freedom of expression, I don't believe in censorship. I believe in equal rights for all people. And I believe women should own their sexuality and sexual expression. I don't believe there's a certain age where you can't say and feel and be who you want to be. All you have to do is look at my career—from my Sex book to the songs I've written, kissing a black saint in my "Like a Prayer" video, the themes I explored on my Erotica album. As I get older and I get better at writing and expressing myself, then you get into my American Life era, and I start talking about politics and government and how fucked our country's politics are, and the illusion of fame and Hollywood and the beautiful people.

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RG: It's been almost two weeks since the election. How did you feel in the wake of Donald Trump being elected president of the United States? Were you surprised?

M: On election night I was sitting at a table with my agent, who is also one of my very best friends, and we were truly praying. We were praying. She was on her computer. She's friends with someone who was working on Hillary [Clinton]'s campaign and was getting blow-by-blow reports, and at one point she was like, "It's not looking good." It was just like watching a horror show. And then she 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. You wake up and for a second you're just you, and then you go, "Oh, the person I love more than anything has just broken my heart, and I'm devastated and I'm broken and I have nothing. I'm lost." That's how I feel every morning. I wake up and I go, "Wait a second. Donald Trump is the president. It's not a bad dream. It really happened." It's like being dumped by a lover and also being stuck in a nightmare.

"I wake up and I go, 'Wait a second. Donald Trump is the president. It's not a bad dream. It really happened.'"

RG: What do we do now?

M: I feel like I'm already doing it to a certain degree anyway and have been doing it. But I have to get way more vocal and become a little bit less mysterious. What I find really astonishing is how quiet everybody is in my industry. I mean, nobody in the entertainment business except for maybe a handful of people ever speak out about what's going on. Nobody takes a political stance or expresses an opinion.

RG: Why do you think that is?

M: They want to maintain a neutral position so they can maintain their popularity. I mean, if you have an opinion and people disagree with you, you might not get a job. You might be blacklisted. You might have fewer followers on Instagram. There are any number of things that would be detrimental to your career. Everyone's really afraid. Because it doesn't affect their daily life yet, no one's doing anything about it.

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RG: How do you stay motivated after accomplishing so much?

M: Art keeps me alive. I've obviously been devastated or heartbroken all my life, since my mother's death. I've had so many challenges throughout my career, however successful people perceive me to be. The only way I've been able to survive the betrayal of lovers, family members, and society is to be able to create as an artist.

RG: What beyond art gives you that kind of drive to keep doing what you do?

M: Wanting to inspire people. Wanting to touch people's hearts to get them to look at life in a different way. To be a part of evolution, because, for me, it's either you're part of creation or you're part of destruction. It's inexplicable; it's like breathing, and I can't imagine not doing it. That is one of the arguments I would get into with my ex-husband, who used to say to me, "But why do you have to do this again? Why do you have to make another record? Why do you have to go on tour? Why do you have to make a movie?" And I'm like, "Why do I have to explain myself?" I feel like that's a very sexist thing to say.

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RG: Yes. Because nobody asks men that.

M: Does somebody ask Steven Spielberg why he's still making movies? Hasn't he had enough success? Hasn't he made enough money? Hasn't he made a name for himself? Did somebody go to Pablo Picasso and say, "Okay, you're 80 years old. Haven't you painted enough paintings?" No. I'm so tired of that question. I just don't understand it. I'll stop doing everything that I do when I don't want to do it anymore. I'll stop when I run out of ideas. I'll stop when you fucking kill me. How about that?

RG: Do you still feel the same rush when you accomplish some new milestone? Or does it become commonplace?

M: No. When I made secretprojectrevolution [the 2013 short film that Madonna directed with the photographer Steven Klein, which dealt with the subject of artistic freedom], that was really exciting because it was a very political statement. And whenever I do my live shows, I feel artistically inspired and excited because I get to do and say a lot of things that I can't if I just make a record. A lot of times it's the only way people are going to hear my music because you don't get to have your music played on Top 40 if you're above the age of 35. It's always exciting for me to perform. 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 most recent stage show, which combines music and storytelling]. 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 stand-up and they'd better watch out. I'm coming. I'm coming right behind them.

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RG: What are you reading right now?

M: I'm reading several books. I cheat on my books a lot, which is not a good thing because it's good to stick with one book and get to the end of it, but I'm a book philanderer. I'm reading The Dovekeepers, by Alice Hoffman, and before that I was reading All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. I was also reading Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa, even though it's not a new book.

RG: My editor at Harper's Bazaar told me that you read an excerpt from The Beautiful and Damned for a video that you did for the magazine. I was curious as to why you chose that book.

"I refuse to live a conventional life. I've created a very unconventional family. I have lovers who are three decades younger than me. This makes people very uncomfortable."

M: I worship F. Scott Fitzgerald and I love his writing, and I felt like what we were shooting, that somehow there was some kind of connection to his stories and the decadence of that time, but also to the lack of expression. Or the inability of women to express themselves really. They were beautiful and damned.

RG: I have one last question: What do you like most about the art that you make?

M: I think it depends on what I'm making. I like pushing the envelope. But I don't like to do it just for the sake of doing it. I don't like to be provocative for the sake of being provocative. I like to be provocative. I like to make people think. I like to touch people's hearts. And if I can do all three of those things in one fell swoop, then I feel like I've really accomplished something.

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This article originally appeared in the February issue of Harper's BAZAAR, available on newsstands January 17.

Lead image: Alberta Ferretti gown; Erickson Beamon necklace; From left: Yeprem rings, Gucci, Sylva & Cie rings, and House of Emmanuele rings; New York Vintage headband (worn as bracelet); Carine Gilson garter belt; Madonna's own spike bracelets and stockings.

Photographs by Luigi & Iango; Hair: Andy LeCompte for Wella Professionals; Makeup: Aaron Henrikson; Manicure: Naomi Yasuda for Dior Vernis; Production: Beth Klein Productions; Set Design: Philipp Haemmerle. Special thanks to Diamond Horseshoe, New York.

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Madonna graces the cover of our secret project by Mert Alas: LOVE16.5 is here!

It's here. The secret project between LOVE and Mert Alas titled LOVE 16.5. The special edition collectors issue 'LOVE by Mert Alas' supported by Marc Jacobs launches on 19th September during London Fashion Week.

Without any hair, make up or styling, cover star Madonna, shot by Mert Alas, is seen sucking her thumb in bed, wearing a hooded sweatshirt by Palace. 'Madonna 2:00AM by Mert Alas' is a 10-page reportage that the photographer shot of Madonnna in the early hours at his Hampstead home.

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Our Editor-in-Chief Katie Grand says: "In early 2016, the media was obsessing over the discord in Madonna’s relationship with her son Rocco. I was struck by how mean the press were about a woman simply going to work and wanting her son to be a part of it. I spoke to Mert about the possibility of doing a shoot with her, as he, Madonna and Rocco are all friends. I wasn’t sure it would ever happen, to be honest, but Mert said, ‘Let me ask M and Rocco.’ Much to my surprise, the morning after Madonna’s reconciliation with Rocco, nine stunning images of Madonna arrived via WhatsApp. They had been taken at 2am at Mert’s house in Hampstead where he and Madonna often hang out and have casual dinners."

Madonna tells Murray Healy in the accompanying interview with LOVE 16.5 how "acceptance by the establishment equals death” and says: “I don’t consider myself a pop act, I consider myself an artist. And it’s an artist’s responsibility to be revolutionary in our work. It’s our responsibility, our duty and our privilege.”

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On the burden of fame, she says: "I was already famous before social media, so for me fame isn’t the burden. Fame is the manifestation or the by-product of my work, and that was two decades before social media. Now to me the burden is people are more focused on fame than actually doing the work or being an artist. Now it’s easy to become famous. What isn’t easy is to develop and grow as an artist without being distracted or consumed with fame.”

Madonna also tells LOVE 16.5: “I like Instagram because it’s like keeping a diary and every day I get to share different aspects of my personality, my life, and what inspires me, what infuriates me, or what causes I want to fight for. It allows me to be mysterious, ironic, provocative or proud. I get to use it as a platform to bring attention to people or issues that I think are important. It allows me to be the curator of my life."

Editor in Chief KATIE GRAND

Creative Director MATT ROACH

Editorial Director MURRAY HEALY

Production Editor MATT FIVEASH

Fashion Director STEVE MORRISS



Production Controller MARIE RHYS-EVANS

Commercial Senior Production Controller LOUISE LAWSON



Special thanks to MARC JACOBS

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Andy Cohen covers 'Entertainment Weekly', interviews Madonna and John Mayer

Mazel to Andy Cohen. The "Watch What Happens Live" host is featured on the new issue of "Entertainment Weekly."

Cohen, 47, is not only the cover star of the new issue of the magazine, on stands Aug. 7. He also serves as the guest editor and gets to interview several celebrities, including his favorite singer, Madonna.

Cohen, who is an executive producer of "The Real Housewives" franchise, has always wanted to interview Madonna on his Bravo talk show "Watch What Happens Live," but he gets his first chance to with "Entertainment Weekly."

He will interview her just weeks before she kicks off her Rebel Heart tour in September. They go on to discuss the Queen of Pop's setlist, her thoughts on Taylor Swift and Beyonce, and Instagram.

"It's an important part of my work now," Madonna says of Instagram. "I like to think of it as a kind of art gallery for my thoughts, my dreams, my wishes, my state of mind. Can't ignore social media."

In the magazine, the late night TV host also interviews Connie Britton of "Nashville" and Taraji P. Henson of "Empire." He also makes it a point to discuss his road trip with John Mayer back in June.

Cohen and the "Daughters" singer adventured out to California together for a Grateful Dead concert and to celebrate the Supreme Court's decision to uphold marriage equality.

"John was the ultimate wingman," he writes about taking Mayer to a gay bar, "asking me who was tickling my fancy. As the night went on we wound up on the dance floor and from what I remember, it was nothing short of euphoric."

Cohen's "Watch What Happens Live" hasn't stopped growing since its premiere back in 2009. The show originally began with Cohen only interviewing stars of "The Real Housewives" and other Bravo shows. It has gone on to now air five nights a week and features numerous A-listers, including Lady Gaga, Cher, and Oprah Winfrey.

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On the cover of a magazine: Cosmopolitan

Madonna staat in de maand april op de cover van de Amerikaanse uitgave van het tijdschrift Cosmopolitan.Er komen van het tijdschrift vier verschillende covers, allemaal natuurlijk met de Queen op Pop er op.

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De foto's zijn gemaakt door fotograaf Elle Von Unwerth.


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Een foto die is geplaatst door Ellen von Unwerth (@ellenvonunwerth) op 22 Dec 2014 om 10:11 PST

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Madonna is kritiek op leeftijd beu

Waarom mogen mensen ongegeneerd kritiek geven op mijn leeftijd? Wat is het verschil met racisme of een andere vorm van discriminatie? Madonna (56) haalt scherp uit in een interview met rockmagazine Rolling Stone.

Enkele weken geleden oogstte Madonna een storm van kritiek en hoongelach omdat ze haar blote achterwerk toonde op de uitreiking van de Grammy Awards. “Dit is nu eenmaal hoe een 56-jarige eruit ziet”, aldus de queen of pop aan Rolling Stone.

"Het is vandaag absoluut taboe om iemand te discrimineren wegens homoseksualiteit of huidskleur, maar discrimineren wegens leeftijd, dat wordt nog altijd geaccepteerd. Tenminste: dat geldt voor vrouwen. Niet voor mannen, aldus Madonna. Over mijn leeftijd praat iedereen denigrerend. En ik vraag mij altijd af: waarom wordt dat in hemelsnaam geaccepteerd? Wat is het verschil met elke andere vorm van discriminatie?"

Ik volg de regels niet

"Veel vrouwen die een zekere leeftijd bereikt hebben, accepteren dat ze zich niet meer kunnen gedragen op een bepaalde manier. Maar ik volg de regels niet. Dat heb ik nooit gedaan en dat zal ik ook nu niet doen", gaat ze verder. Op de suggestie van Rolling Stone dat haar fysieke verschijning niet die is van een gemiddelde vrouw, antwoordt ze: "Misschien nu niet, maar op een dag wel! Daar gaat het nu net om. Als ik die deur moet opentrappen en tonen dat vrouwen boven de 50 en 60 wel sexy en relevant zijn, dan zal ik dat doen!"

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Madonna talks Gaga feud and age appropriateness in Rolling Stone

Madonna is on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine, and as expected from the Queen of Pop, she isn’t mincing her words when it comes to controversial topics–including her infamous beef with her supposed nemesis, Lady Gaga.

Madge labels their highly-publicized feud “really boring,” and chalks the bulk of it down to the media pitting women against each other.

I don’t think she wants my crown,” she revealed. “We live in a world where people like to pit women against each other. And this is why I love the idea of embracing other females who are doing what I’m doing. It’s important for us to support each other.
The only time I ever criticized Lady Gaga was when I felt she blatantly ripped-off one of my songs,” she continued. “It’s got nothing to do with “she’s taking my crown” or “she’s in some space of mine.” She has her thing. I think she’s a very talented singer and songwriter. It was just that one issue. And everybody’s obviously ran with it and turned it into a huge feud, which I think is really boring, quite frankly.

The provocative 56-year-old also shut down critics who say that she’s too old to be doing the kind of sexy and outrageous stunts usually reserved for younger pop stars.

Women my age have accepted they’re not allowed to behave a certain way,” she said. “I never followed rules. I’m not going to start now.

She’s completely right, but that doesn’t mean that she needs to flash her thong on the red carpet. I’m sure there are many other ways for Madge to fight Father Time instead of baring her boobs and booty at every given opportunity.

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Madonna op de cover van MOJO magazine

De promotie van Rebel Heart komt nu langzaam aan op gang. De Queen of Pop staat op de cover van het Britse tijdschrift MOJO magazine dat vanaf 27 januari aanstaande te verkrijgen is.

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