You seem to avoid the paparazzi far more these days. Is that because you’re being a protective mum?
Madonna: Yes. My daughter is too young to understand stardom. She doesn’t see the point of the press and she thinks the paparazzi are silly! I’ve only let one photographer take my daughter’s picture and that was for the article in Vanity Fair. The rest are all paparazzi pictures of her on the streets.
Does fame become harder now that your family has grown?
Madonna: Yes, absolutely. I can’t go for a walk on the street with my children. I can’t do the things that other people do with their children. Where Lourdes goes to school is affected by my fame. I can’t make those decisions in the way that other people do.
How much does being a mother affect your career decisions?
Madonna: Very much. I want to be at home, being a mom, as much as possible.
Do you sing to your kids?
Madonna: Oh, yeah. But I won’t tell you what. I make up songs that are really silly and completely embarrassing.
Are there times when you’ve thought ‘forget it!’ and wanted to disappear?
Madonna: Oh, yes, absolutely. I’d just like to go to the countryside. Nothing more than that.
You appear to have fallen in love with everything English. Why is that?
Madonna: I spend a lot of time in LA so it’s a refreshing change. London is very inspiring. I love to read and so few people in LA read books for any other reason than to make movies. In London, you read because you love good books.
Have you been to India yet?
Madonna: No, I’m dying to go. Ricky Martin goes to Nepal by northern India. I’d go to southern India to study with Pavati Joyce.
How much time do you spend practising yoga each day?
Madonna: An hour and a half. It gives me a sense of balance, focus, serenity and wisdom. It’s been a great influence on my life. All of my friends have started doing it. I do Pilates too.
Do you think you’re judged unfa irly in your acting?
Madonna: Absolutely. People are more judgemental when you’ve already been really successful in one area.