Madonna is no stranger to an unusual outfit, and for the latest issue of Interview Magazine she decided to make yet again an impact, by posing topless for Mert & Marcus. In the interview inside she talks about drugs and her obsession with death.
About a whole day of silence – “I think I would really enjoy it, stillness and quiet, because I feel like people are always talking to me, at me, asking things, questioning me, wanting information, work, music, loud noises, children-it’s endless. So the idea of a whole day of silence sounds very seductive to me.”
About death – “I became very obsessed with death, and the idea that you never know when death will arrive, so one has to do as much as possible all the time to get the most out of life. That would be a motivating force. And death was a big part of my life growing up. I went to lots of funerals.”
About her career – “We’re in the world of creating illusions and giving people the ability to dream and to be inspired or moved. So you don’t want people to see the labor behind it. Also I was trained that, as a dancer, no matter how much you’re suffering, your face is relaxed. You have to create that illusion. That’s part of your job.”
About the use of drugs – “Well, no, it’s about how people take drugs to connect to God or to a higher level of consciousness. I keep saying, ‘Plugging into the matrix.’ If you get high, you can do that, which is why a lot of people drop acid or do drugs, because they want to get closer to God. But there’s going to be a short-circuit, and that’s the illusion of drugs, because they give you the illusion of getting closer to God, but ultimately they kill you. They destroy you. I mean, I tried everything once, but as soon as I was high, I spent my time drinking tons of water to get it out of my system. As soon as I was high, I was obsessed with flushing it out of me. I was like, ‘Okay, I’m done now.'”
About failing – “I’m not saying I’m great at failing, but if you’re an artist and you’re into the learning process, you accept that you’re going to suck at things. I ride horses, and after not riding for a while, I always say to my riding instructor, ‘Okay, pretend I’m a beginner. I don’t want to jump. I don’t want to do anything extravagant. I just want to pretend I’m a beginner.’ And I don’t judge myself. If I mess up, I’ve already put it out there that I’m going to suck. My kids get me to do a lot of things that I wouldn’t normally do. I surfed because my son kept bugging me. I ski because my kids kept bugging me. And I say, ‘Well, why not? I’m going to suck at it, so that’s okay.’ I’m good with that… Failure is a challenge. Failure is an invitation.”
About the most important profession ever – “Prostitution, of course.”
Photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott;
Fashion Editor Arianne Phillips;
Hair Andy Lecompte;
Makeup Lucia Pieroni.