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Madonna Is Ready to Come Back Strong

Madonna looks ready to kick some ass in April's Interview! The almost 50-year-old pop icon is showing off her super-toned body while sporting some sexy boxing gear. She is about to hit the promo road for her new album, Hard Candy, and we can't wait to get our hands on it. In the article, M talks about her kids, working with JT, and her thoughts on freedom. Here are highlights:

  • On working with Justin: "I really enjoy writing with Justin . . . We had psychoanalytic sessions whenever we wrote songs first. We'd sit down and we'd start talking about situations. And then we'd start talking about issues or problems or relationships with people. That was the only way, because you know, writing together with somebody is very intimate . . . that was fun, because he's open and he's got talent. He's a songwriter. I haven't worked with a lot of songwriters where I'm instantly connected and start riffing and playing with the rhythm of the words. He's as interested in the rhythm of the words as the meaning of the words."

  • On freedom: "Freedom is a funny word because when we think we're free, we're not really. I think freedom is quite illusory . . . When I stop thinking about myself all the time and put other people before me on a regular basis, that's real freedom. When I can love unconditionally . . . then that's real freedom. So it's something to strive for, but I'm not free."

To see what she had to say about her kids, just

  • On bringing Lourdes to Malawi: "She spent several weeks working in the orphanages, particularly one with newborn children, and most of them were HIV-positive. She so came into her own and was so responsible and stayed for eight hours every day and worked tirelessly. I thought, why am I babying her so much? She's capable of so much more. We don't let kids do anything. We think, Oh, they're kids — they can't take care of other kids; they can't do this; they can't do that. And after you go to Africa, you drop all that silliness."
  • On adopting David: "He wouldn't have lived if I hadn't taken him. It's not even a possibility."

Sometimes it's still hard to believe that Madonna is both a pop legend and a full-time super-mom. This is one woman who continues to impress us year after year.

Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
Wow. Here's a novel concept: Growing up & older with dignity. Here's another: becoming a bit wiser and smarter as you get older. Her last good single: "Borderline".
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 9 years
She doesn't look 50 in posed photos because they get airbrushed.
wolfpackgal wolfpackgal 9 years
i wish she would just go away. she's way past her expiration date. i don't find anything about her and her music appealing. i don't really get the fascination with her either. i could live without hearing about her ever again.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
That photo is so unappealing. Coffy said “ there comes a time when the crotch shots should stop." Personally I think the crotch shots should NEVER begin.
XpsX XpsX 9 years
agree with uptown_girl
XpsX XpsX 9 years
not a fan good luck?
i_love_miu i_love_miu 9 years
xtina dirty days, not pretty the first time, I expected more from someone who invented the makeovers in pop music
berrymix berrymix 9 years
She looks good for her age. But please, put your crotch away. we don't need to see it in every photo.
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
and she's heavily photoshopped!
CandyPerfumeGirl CandyPerfumeGirl 9 years
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
I agree Coffy & Ginger, what's with the crotch shots?
CelebFanChatRaph CelebFanChatRaph 9 years
She looks great. :)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I like Madonna, too. That woman is very brassy, which I respect. She gets a lot of heat for being her, but she makes no apologies, and keeps being herself. Physically, she's in incredible shape for any age. But given she's almost 50 years old, and birthed two children--more kudos to her. Also, I think she's very smart. She knows how to keep herself in the media after all these years, and gets the public to talk about her. Great longevity.
AntoniaC AntoniaC 9 years
Madonna has made a career out of ripping off people. I see she's still at it.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
My Holy hotness! I love this B!tch. My idol.
tuscanstellina tuscanstellina 9 years
Love her or hate her, the woman has more staying power than the dopes out there like Britney and all the other talentless morons on the radio
tuscanstellina tuscanstellina 9 years
It will be interesting to see what she comes up with for the cd
desertbanshee desertbanshee 9 years
Wow, that's scary. Halloween scary.
blob blob 9 years
she doesn't love her children unconditionally? wow...that's harsh.
robinesque robinesque 9 years
I hate to hop on the "hate" train, so I will just say that I have NEVER liked her & really wish we could just put her away in the pantry with all my other dried prunes. She said Justin had talent! She, of the infatuation with the "talented" Britney, that she just had to kiss her in front of the world!! On the MOUTH!!! She of the legs wide open for all the world to gawk, she of the so high on her soapbox, Evita has been thrown out of hell to make way for her! Just sayin'...
Lexie_Kesh Lexie_Kesh 9 years
First of all, jeezus she's had a lot of work done. Secondly, pretentious much? Most importantly, thank gawd she's not performing, the audience will thank her.
blob blob 9 years
See boys and girls, look what you can do with Photoshop and botox! Madonna is one the most pretentious bores ever.
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 9 years
I'm so excited for her new album! She looks fantastic for her age.
crazyana crazyana 9 years
psssshhh! when is she going to change her teenager style! HELLO u are 50!
Noreen7 Noreen7 9 years
Seriously, she should stop acting like a teenager. Some people should learn how to bow gracefully and exit.
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