Madonna: “Kanye West is the biggest unapologetic bitch besides me.”
Nothing’s better than more, more, more! Leave it to Madonna to exceed Us Weekly‘s request for 25 Things You Don’t Me. Speaking with Us’ Entertainment Director Ian Drew recently, the pop legend, 56, sounded off on everything from her goal to meet President Obama (and Drake!), her disdain for fur bikinis, escargot, and her home state of Michigan in the much talked-about, published version of “25 Things.”
But that’s not all she had to say. In these outtakes from our exclusive chat with the legendary “Ghosttown” singer, Madonna muses on her family, filming Evita, the pitfalls of fame and who she might owe an apology to, among other topics. Read on!
US WEEKLY: In the spirit of rebel hearts, what was your ultimate “rebel” moment?
MADONNA: The ultimate moment where I most felt like a rebel was in St. Petersburg, Russia [in 2012 during the MDNA Tour] when I was told they were going to arrest anyone who was openly or obviously gay and they came to my shows and I spoke out against the government. Eighty-seven people were arrested and I was fined like $1 million. They dropped the lawsuit, though. When I stood up for Pussy Riot was around the same time, but there have been a lot of those moments. I also think about when I was in Toronto and they said if I simulated masturbation during one of my shows [during the Blonde Ambition Tour in 1990] they would have me arrested and I was like, ‘F–k you! I’m doing it anyway. So arrest me.’ They didn’t in the end. Lots of those. Then there’s the Vatican when they said they would have me…you know, whatever! It goes on and on….
US: Love the track on the album “Unapologetic Bitch” — so, who’s the biggest unapologetic bitch of them all?
M: Kanye West is the biggest unapologetic bitch besides me.
US: Anyone you’d like to apologize to, though?
M: If I could apologize to one person, it would be…no one. I’m an unapologetic bitch!
US: With two marriages and other high-profile relationships behind you, what’s your best relationship advice?
M: My best piece of relationship advice is you can’t take it with you.
US: You have so many classic, hit songs in your catalog — but do any other artists’ songs make you envious?
M: I wish I had written and recorded a song called “Retrograde” by James Blake. I love him.
US: What’s one of your biggest pet peeves?
M: I can’t stand when I walk into a room and everyone’s not talking to each other and just on their phones.
US: Favorite workout?
M: My favorite workout is metabolic interval training on a Bosu Ball.
US: What’s your favorite part about being a mother?
M: The best thing about being a mom of four [Lourdes, 18, Rocco, 14, David and Mercy, both 9] is all of the life lessons they teach me all day long, every day of the week.
US: What are the ultimate perks and downfalls of fame?
M: The thing I love most about being famous is people listening to me when I have something important to say. The thing I like least about being famous is being overly scrutinized for everything I say and do.
US: What’s your favorite book of all time?
M: I’m obsessed with so many books that it’s impossible to name them all but I really love The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. So good.
US: What’s your favorite moviemaking memory?
M: My favorite scene that I ever filmed was singing “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” from the balcony of the Casa Rosada in Argentina [where the real Eva Peron once stood] during Evita. That was amazing. SO real and surreal. Bizarre.