When I went to Africa, I was reduced to floods of tears every day.
I know there’s more to life than making lots of money and being successful and even getting married and having a family.
I’m not interested in being Wonder Woman in the delivery room. Give me drugs.
I’m a showgirl. After 20 years in show business, I’ve learned to roll with the punches.
I think it’s fun to get in a room and sweat with people. I’m happy to share my workouts with everyone.
I go to Malawi twice a year. It’s where two of my children were adopted from, and I have a lot of projects there that I go and check up on and children who I look after. It’s sort of a commitment that I’ve made to this country and the hundreds of thousands of children there who have been orphaned by AIDS.
I was more of a dancing kid than a singing kid. I mean, I sang in school choirs and I sang in school musicals, but I was much more interested in dancing than singing.
I’ve never really lived a conventional life, so I think it’s quite foolish for me or anyone else to start thinking that I am going to start making conventional choices.
People like it when others are gossiping. When you hear a story about someone’s demise or some big faux-pas they made, everyone wants to tune into it, because it’s nice to know that someone else made a mistake. It makes you feel elevated for a moment.
Where you record is very important. It can’t be too nice, it can’t be too expensive, it can’t have a view to an ocean or a field.
I was named after my mother. And I guess when I started making records, Madonna Ciccone seemed too long and complicated, and I just got stuck with Madonna.
My physical transformations – like changing my hair – are usually a reflection of what’s inspiring me at the moment.
There’s always elements of danger in New York, but people are always out on the street. I don’t feel scared there at all.
When you’re 25, it’s a little bit easier to be daring, especially if you are a pop star, because eccentric behavior is expected from you.
Growing up, I didn’t feel cool; I didn’t fit into any crowd.