Wednesday 18 September 2019

'I'm being punished for turning 60' ­ Madonna fighting ageism

DRIVE: Madonna, still battling at 60. Picture: Getty
DRIVE: Madonna, still battling at 60. Picture: Getty

Lucy Mapstone

Madonna has said she is fighting ageism in the music industry and that she is "being punished" for hitting 60.

The US pop star said the new hurdle comes after decades of taking on battles in order to succeed.

She told British Vogue magazine: "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.

"Now I'm fighting ageism, now I'm being punished for turning 60."

The singer, who will release her 14th album, Madame X, next month, also said she has felt unsupported by other women throughout her career.

"There are no living role models for me, because nobody does what I do, and that's kind of scary," she said.

"I 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... so, I mean, there isn't anybody in my position."

The singer, who appears on the cover of the magazine for the first time in 30 years, has two biological children, daughter Lourdes and son Rocco, and four adopted children from Malawi - David, Mercy and twins Estere and Stella.

She said she feels her son David (13) is the one she has the most in common with. "What he has more than anything is focus and determination," she said.

"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."

She said her daughter Lourdes (22), from her relationship with actor Carlos Leon, is "insanely talented", but that she worries she does not have enough drive to succeed on her own terms.

Madonna said: "She's incredible at everything she does... she's way better than me in the talent department.

"But she doesn't have the same drive - and... I feel social media plagues her."

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