So will I hear “Dress You up”?
“Who’s That Girl”?
Wow, you’re giving me good info!
Now stop right there!
Let me ask you this, do you read the comments under your Instagram posts?
Sometimes. Like whenever I’m on holiday.
What’s your reaction to them?
Sometimes people are really supportive and nice, but you can’t get attached to people saying nice things because then when people say mean things it will bother you. So you just have to take it all in stride, and I really don’t take any of it seriously. I can’t afford to.
The most illuminating thing about reading comments on Instagram is how literal people are, and how people have no sense of humor and no sense of irony; [they] don’t read between the lines. It’s interesting.
Are you addicted to Instagram a little bit?
No, not really. I could live without it. But it’s an important part of my work now. I like to think of it as a kind of art gallery for my thoughts, my dreams, my wishes, my state of mind. Can’t ignore social media.
I love that you share old photos of you with your fans. You seem like someone who doesn’t like to look back, but I love it when you do?
I love to look back and see the great art and artists that I’ve had the privilege to collaborate with, whether it’s [Jean Paul] Gaultier or Keith Haring or Steven Meisel or Herb Ritts or whomever. I worked with the greatest and the best and the finest. It also feels like a time that will never happen again. Do you know what I mean? So it makes me feel really blessed.
It’s trite at this point to say that you reinvent yourself every few years. But I wonder, why is it important for you to keep creating new stuff?
Because as an artist I have something new to say every time I make a record. I think that’s kind of a no-brainer. I’m not a “greatest hits” kind of girl. You could say it’s reinventing, but a real artist is continuously changing and evolving because the art is continuously changing and evolving. I mean, Picasso didn’t paint the same paintings over and over again.
What is the best and worst part of touring?
You’re like, “Yeah, just shut the f— up.”
No, no, I got it! I got it!
That’s the endless question I get: “Why do you keep doing it?”
You obviously don’t have to.
But to me, that’s a sexist thing to say. No one said to Picasso when he was 80, “Why are you painting?”
Why is that sexist, though?
Because he’s a man and nobody asked him that, okay? But because I’m a woman, people ask me. Does anyone ask Mick Jagger why he keeps going on tour?
Yeah, I actually think they do. What I’m getting at is, you could probably park it at Madison Square Garden and do a residency twice a month for the next 20 years.
I don’t think so.
No, people in New York are sick of me.
Are you f—ing kidding me? You’re the queen of New York.
No. I don’t know.
Do you have a favorite city to perform in?
Well, in America, my favourite city is New York, obviously. Cause it’s my hometown.
Even though they’re over you?
You know the old saying: You’re a prophet everywhere but in your own country.