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Madonna Interview : Entertainment Weekly

Is there a city where you’ve performed that you will not return to?
I don’t think I should go back to Moscow or St. Petersburg.

You stirred some s— there, but God bless you for doing it. Do you think they would have you back?
No. But that’s okay. Why would I even want to perform in a place where being gay is [criminalized]?

What’s your current favorite song on Rebel Heart?
Well, I love “Ghosttown.” I love “Bitch I’m Madonna,” and I love “Illuminati,” “Holy Water.” The darker, crazier, more controversial songs.

Have you seen any tours in the past year that have inspired you? On Instagram, you welcomed Taylor Swift to New York when she was here.
I didn’t get the chance to go see her show. I was bummed. We were actually gonna do something together on stage, but I didn’t go to the show because I was rehearsing and I had to shoot a video the next day. Going to shows requires free time. Who’s the last person I saw?…

I remember you really heaped a lot of praise on Beyoncé’s last tour.
Oh! That’s probably the last big show I’ve seen, and that was really good.

What was good about it?
She’s a great performer and she puts on a show. She’s a professional, you know what I mean? She ticks all the boxes. She’s great live, and all the stuff around her, it’s complete entertainment. And she gives it her all, so I appreciate that.

By the way, what were you gonna do with Taylor Swift on stage?
I’m not gonna tell you, because we might still do it. You’re very nosy. You just want to know everything.

I really do!
I’m just gonna send my diary over to your house, okay? With a key. Open it up, read it, send it back to me, okay?

Please do. I want to know f—ing everything!
Skip over all the parts about who I have crushes on and things like that.

Oh my God. There’s no way I’m skipping that part. Well, now I want to know, do you have a crush on any of your dancers at this current moment in time?
I mean. I always do. You have to. I call them my “stage baes”.

Perfect.
But that’s it, it’s just on the stage.

You keep it on the stage. That would be messy, right?
Yeah, of course, and that actually makes it more electric, you know?

When was the last time you saw your 1991 doc Truth or Dare?
Jeez, I don’t know. Several years ago. I’ve seen bits and pieces from it. I sort of gag when I watch it, ’cause I’m like, “Oh my God, I can’t” It’s hard to watch myself do anything. I can’t even stand to watch myself in concert, like my last tour.

Really? Why?
I just don’t like to watch it. But I think maybe Truth or Dare, I could possibly revisit it right now.

Can you call me when you do that, please?
Let’s watch it together.

I want to film you watching Truth or Dare and release that.
Me just going, “I can’t believe I said that. Oh my God, I can’t believe I did that.” The arrogance…

Well, the arrogance was brilliant. The shade, the arrogance…
The shade was thrown! I’m afraid to watch it. I just think I was a horrible brat, that’s what I’m afraid of.

As a student of yours, it seems like you’re having more fun on stage recently. Am I right? Maybe just that you smile more.
That could be it. I don’t know. I’m very invested in having a good time with this show. You know, not beating myself up if I make a mistake.

So… grill or no grill on stage?
It’s really hard to sing with a grill in your mouth. You end up lisping, and putting your teeth together is actually essential to singing well. So as much as I love a grill, it probably won’t be in my mouth when I’m singing.

I will be there both nights of Madison Square Garden. I cannot wait.
Thank you so much. Make yourself noticeable in the audience so I can bump and grind you.

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