Madonna looks super fierce on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar‘s “Daring” issue for the month of November 2013.
Here is what the 55-year-old entertainer had to share with the mag:
On adopting her son David: “This was an eye-opening experience. A real low point in my life. I could get my head around people giving me a hard time for simulating masturbation onstage or publishing my Sex book, even kissing Britney Spears at an awards show, but trying to save a child’s life was not something I thought I would be punished for. Friends tried to cheer me up by telling me to think of it all as labor pains that we all have to go through when we give birth. This was vaguely comforting. In any case, I got through it. I survived.”
On her teenage years: “Most people thought I was strange. I didn’t have many friends; I might not have had any friends. But it all turned out good in the end, because when you aren’t popular and you don’t have a social life, it gives you more time to focus on your future. And for me, that was going to New York to become a REAL artist. To be able to express myself in a city of nonconformists. To revel and shimmy and shake in a world and be surrounded by daring people.”
On her career choices: “If I can’t be daring in my work or the way I live my life, then I don’t really see the point of being on this planet.”
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