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That would be one heck of a collaboration!
Yeah. She’s cool. I wanted her to be at the Super Bowl with me but she was having a throat problem or throat operation.

Well, how about she joins you at your Hyde Park gig?
I don’t know, maybe!

What about One Direction – have you heard of them?
That’s a pop group, right? Yes, yes, yes, yes. I haven’t seen them yet, sorry. [Holds out her palm] Slap my hand! I’m telling you I live in a bubble. In a tent, really.

Madonna - Now / April 30 2012

There’ve been rumours you’ve been approached to be a judge on all these TV talent shows -The Voice, The X Factor… Is it something you’d ever consider?
I haven’t really thought about it. I haven’t really seen any of those shows. I don’t watch television. Everyone’s a bit contest obsessed. I don’t actually like the idea of being a judge. It’s so, I don’t know, subjective – what’s good and what isn’t. I think perhaps we’re too obsessed with it. There’s a lot of contest shows, it seems. What do you think?

If you look at One Direction, for example…
Did they win a contest?

They didn’t win but Simon Cowell put them together on The X Factor and now they’ve had a No 1 album in America. Can that be a bad thing?
Being successful in the music industry now for the first time is a lot different from when I started. It’s a lot easier to be seen now because of the internet and all these contest shows. When I started you just had to play in a whole load of really yucky clubs for years and years and years. But that’s really good experience. It’s good to be able to hone your craft and learn how to perform on stage and grow anonymously. Then when fame does come to you, you’ve had a lot of time and experience.

You’re known for setting trends. You’ve been a style icon for…
Hundreds of years! Of course not!

But do you think a lot about fashion or do you just wear what you like?
Well, I go for what I like but I am aware of fashion. There are lots of designers I like to work with.

The final and most important question I have for you is: are you happy?
[Without hesitation] Yes! I am. Very happy, thank you.

Madonna’s new single Girl Gone Wild, from the album MDNA, is out on 14 May. Watch the full ITV Madonna Morning interview at itv

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