Madonna left nothing to the imagination when she had a tell-all interview with Interview magazine. She addressed the death of her mother, her time experimenting with drugs, and even posed topless for the December 2014/January 2015 issue.
The 56-year-old singer, actress, filmmaker, songwriter, and entertainer spoke with friend/magician David Blaine in New York to open up about her life.
Madonna, whose mother died when she was six, said she still believes her mother is protecting her.
“I became very obsessed with death, and the idea that you never know when death will arrive, so one has to do as much as possible all the time to get the most out of life,” Madonna told Blaine. “That would be a motivating force. And death was a big part of my life growing up. I went to lots of funerals.”
She also admitted she did her fair share of dabbling in the drug scene.
“I mean, I tried everything once, but as soon as I was high, I spent my time drinking tons of water to get it out of my system. As soon as I was high, I was obsessed with fishing it out of me. I was like, ‘Okay, I’m done now.’”
When writing songs, Madonna said that seeing written words while having a guitarist riffing in the background inspires her. Her children do as well.
“Like, my son came to the studio the other day and he didn’t want to go home,” Madonna said. “I said, ‘No, you have to go home; it’s time for bed.’ And he said. ‘Mom, I feel like I’m isolated from your heart.’ I was like, ‘Oh, that’s a good line. I have to use that.’”
She also said it’s easier to write when you’re sad.
“But it’s okay, because I’m sad most of the time, so we’re good,” Madonna said. “Not sad, but upset about something.”
Madonna admitted that she is often told ‘no’ but she finds ways around it.
“…How are we going to turn the no into a yes, or how am I going to get what I want in spite of the fact that I got a no, or how can I make this no work for me in my favor,” she said. “Or, okay, I’m going to accept this rejection and I’m going to find another way to do it. I mean nos are just as valuable as yeses in the game of life. In fact, they’re essential.”