Madonna claims that, despite her famous hit, she ‘couldn’t express herself’ and ‘felt like a prisoner’ during her seven-and-a-half-year marriage to British director Guy Ritchie.
The singer, who’s not normally known for holding back when it comes to her music, performances and just about anything else, has admitted that she felt Guy was holding her back artistically during their relationship.
Madonna opened up about her marriage to the 46-year-old to The Sun, revealing that she felt ‘incarcerated’ during their time together.
The 56-year-old explained: “I think when you get married you have to be willing to make a lot of compromises and that’s fair enough. I think that’s the way it goes in relationships.
“However, you know, I did find myself sometimes in a state of conflict. There were many times when I wanted to express myself as an artist in ways that I don’t think my ex-husband felt comfortable with.
“There were times when I felt incarcerated. I wasn’t really allowed to be myself.
“It doesn’t mean that marriage is a bad thing. But if you’re an artist you’ve got to find someone who accepts who you are and are comfortable with that.”
The iconic singer added that she would “never say never” when it came to getting married for a third time, and that she doesn’t “have any limitations for myself in terms of relationships.”
Madonna also spoke about relationship age gaps, discussing how infuriating it is that the age differences in her relationships have been commented on negatively.
She explained: “It’s OK if Mick Jagger dates a 25-year-old girl but if I date a 25-year-old man I’m, you know.
“It’s ridiculous. It’s so unfair. I mean, I don’t get it.”
She’s been slated for dating younger men, including Brahim Zaibat and Timor Steffans since her divorce from Guy and admitted that she’d “like to have a man around the house.”
Still, despite the criticisms, she’s keen to continue being the fun performer she’s always been, adding: “I haven’t felt it strongly until now.
“But I do think that people have a hard idea of getting their head around that a woman in her fifties could have fun, be adventurous, be silly, be sexual, have an active sex life.
“They’re all the things that I was in my twenties and thirties and forties.
“I don’t know why I should stop now. Is there a manual for living?”
If there is, we’ve never found it (and we’d probably fail at reading the instructions properly anyway).
By the sounds of it, Madonna’s never going to change and we’re totally on board with that.
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