Madonna is now claiming that she is fighting ageism as a form of discrimination in the music industry. She says she is being punished for turning 60. This comes after her perceived fight against other issues that have been stacked against the star over the years of her infamous career. 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.”
“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.” This revelation comes as Madonna is getting ready to release her long-awaited 14th album: Madame X next month. She also said she has felt unsupported by other women throughout her career.
Madonna stated: “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.”
Madonna added: “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.”
From British Telecommunications:
“The Like A Prayer hit-maker, 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 that 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. Let’s see what happens – it’s still early days for everyone.”
“She said her daughter Lourdes, 22, from her relationship with actor Carlos Leon, is “insanely talented”, but that she worries that she does not have enough drive to succeed on her own terms.
“Madonna said: “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’.”
“The full feature appears in the June issue of British Vogue, available on May 10.”
Madonna’s children include daughters Lourdes, 22, Mercy, 13, and twins Stella and Estere, 6, and sons Rocco, 18, and David, 13. Madonna is being very careful with cellphones and social media for her younger children. She doesn’t allow her 13-year-old son, David, to have a phone yet because her older kids “became too inundated with imagery and started to compare themselves to other people, and that’s really bad for self-growth.”
In her interview, Madonna also shot down the rumor of feuding with Lady Gaga. She says they were never enemies.
Madonna has sold over 300 million records in her over four-decades career. She’s not willing to ride off into the sunset or age gracefully it would seem. And no one is surprised.