As Madonna’s agent and friend, I take care of everything that concerns her. Very often I act as a buffer between the Material Girl and the press even if it means having to get squashed against a glass wall while she walks up the steps at the Cannes festival followed by a mob of paparazzi. That was 15 years ago for the screening of In Bed With Madonna.
Madonna never reads any critics, which I think is an excellent idea. I, however, can’t keep from doing so. First it’s my job and it’s a way to know if after all these years we’re in tune with the press. Some people remain skeptical. But what artists, besides Elvis and the Beatles have had as many hits as what constitutes the soundtrack of our lives.
I remember it as if it were yesterday. In the middle of the summer a ball of fire stumbled into my office full with fabulous accessories. I haven’t forgotten anything-the hair ‘they look best when I haven’t washed them for 8 days.’ The black rubberband bracelets and the torn pantyhose – ‘what’s the problem, everyone wears them downtown.’ The crucifix (pl.) she was wearing or carried in a pillow case, ‘Jesus is sexy’, the attitude ‘nobody can tell me what to wear’, a still unknown Madonnna shouted during her 1st photo shoot with the famous Francesco Scavullo.
‘I love her style, let her wear whatever she wants’, he ordered the stylists who wanted to cover her in diamonds.
I see myself later, making her sit in my office to show her the Playboy issue with the nude photos she did for art students when she first arrived in NYC. We were all worried on the effect these photos would have on her emerging career. ‘Well, first of all, I’m not sorry about anything’ she said while reading the magazine ‘and I’d laugh about it if I just didn’t find myself so unattractive’. Recently asked about nudity in her career, Madonna simply laughed ‘most of the time it was pure exhibitionism. Who doesn’t show themselves naked these days?’
A few years ago I accompanied Madonna while she visited a hospital. She pushed a door open and in the room a very sick boy looked at her from head to foot from his bed and said ‘You know, I don’t like you’. Madonna laughed and answered, ‘Well, sometimes I don’t like myself either. But what matters is that I like you.’ I left them alone for a while. Later as I met the little boy’s mother she said ‘it’s the first time my boy is smiling in 3 weeks.’ Madonna told me never to talk about this incident or else she’d kill me.
What makes Madonna happpiest these days? ‘Oh probably my daughter’s voice when she reads me a poem in French.’ Is there something she still dreams about? ‘Many things. First of all, no more wars. And what if everyone went to see Michael Moore’s movie? And if my kids put their dirty plates in the sink?’
There’s no doubt that her happiness shines on the stage of the RIT. ‘Since everyone was looking back at my career, I decided to revisit myself with a new twist both musically and visually. I thought about all this with Caresse Henry, my manager and best friend. Then Jamie King showed us a model of the stage the way he imagined it. I wanted to introduce elements of the Kaballah, war in general, and George Bush in particular.
I wanted this show to be a visual assault. I wanted to perform in Israel in front of Jews and Palestinians. Unfortunately, Caresse didn’t allow me due to security reasons. One of my goals was that each person in the audience go home convinced that they can help change the world.’ Madonna said after drinking her 3rd cup of coffee of the morning.
What’s the most important lesson in life? I asked Madonna before one of her shows. ‘My Kabballah instructor taught me this: each time you doubt yourself, act like God. How would he act? With Love and altruism. I try to do both. That’s what I’d like to teach the world.’ Amen.
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