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Madonna Interview : US Magazine

Do you think men are afraid of you on a one-to-one basis?

There’s two different fears. there’s the superficial fear that they would have just because they’d read all these things about me.
And if they had the bad fortune to believe everything, then they would have a lot of preconceptions about me and probably be afraid and be very guarded. Then there is the fear that they would have once they’d gotten to know me, which is that I am very much in charge of my life and a dominating and demending person and a very independent person. A lot of men aren’t ready to deal with that.

Are they not daunted by this image of the Olympian sexual athlete? They might imagine that it would be terrifying to sleep with you.

I think that’s something a lot of men feel about me. They’re shocked when they find out I’m not. Everybody has their image that precedes them. My sexual image is looming out there in front of me. Everyone probably thinks I’m a raving nymphomaniac, that I have an insatiable sexual appetite, when the truth is I’d rather read a book.

Do you lecture boyfriends about condoms?

I will if they refuse to wear them.

Madonna - US Magazine / June 13 1991

Would you prefer an alternative contraceptive to condoms?

If there was one, hell yeah! [she says, raising her voice in excitement] They’re a drag. Such a drag. They interrupt everything. It’s like, ‘Wait a second, wait a second. Do you have a rubber? I think I’ve left them in my coat! Aaargh!’ Then, the worst thing, they say no! And it’s, ‘Oh God! Well, now what!’ And then it’s, ‘Well, sorry.’ You know the best people of them all are the ones who just have them, that are thinking and aware enough to have them. They’re not great but they make sense. They’ve saved my life.

What are you like when you’re in love?

What am I like? Well, I’m… happy.

Do you find it difficult to fall in love with people who aren’t famous or powerful?

Well, power is attracted to power and power threatens power. And certainly people in a similar position to me understand better wat I have to do. So I think that’s probably a benefit. And anyway, I have, I’ve fallen in love with people who arent famous. The question is, can you maintain it?

What is the attraction of power?

Well, power is a great aphrodisiac… and I’m a very powerful person!

Do you ever suffocate people?

No, [she laughs] I’ve never been accused of that. If anything, it’s the opposite. I give people a lot of room. Sometimes I give people far too much room and they’re just begging me to come into the room.

You seem to have pinballed through quite a few relationships since your marriage.

Not many more than most people know.

Are you difficult to have a love-relationship with?

Yeah, I’m difficult on a lot of levels. Just my situation alone is pretty daunting and probably keeps a fair share of men away from me. You have to be prepared for your private life to be spilled to the world, because the minute you start going out with me, that’s what happens. So they have to find that out and understand that their past is now public domain. I try to warn them, but you can never warn people completely. Some people take it very well, and others are destroyed by it. It does affect my relationships.

In Truth Or Dare you answer a question someone ask you by saying “Sean”. What was the question?

Who is the love of your life?