Madonna speaks out about motherhood, her music and more in a wide-ranging interview with Carson Daly on the Today Show as her latest album, ‘Rebel Heart’ is released to critical acclaim. The reigning Queen of Pop has much to say in her characteristic candor.
Madonna gave a rare television interview coinciding with the release of ‘Rebel Heart’ which is her 13th studio album, and her first since MDNA of 2012. As all of her previous albums have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, so too this album is expected to top the famed chart as well.
While Madonna has never been shy about drawing attention to herself, the fanfare over the new album has been unusually intense, and much of it centers on her physical appearance and her age, 56, and her recent fall on the stage during the BRIT Awards. Before that, last December, six of her album’s songs were leaked online in a hacking incident which she strongly condemned.
So, one might think that after all that, a Today Show interview is anticlimactic. But yet, with Madonna that is never the case!
While we know her and have known her for decades as the very embodiment of the “Rebel Heart” she is known as mother to four young human beings; the teenagers Lourdes Leon and Rocco Ritchie and her two young adopted children, Mercy James and David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie who are both nine years old.
She spoke about how she feels about her children hearing her music and its racy lyrics, saying, “At this point, Rocco doesn’t care. It just goes over his head. He’s like, ‘Oh, mom. Mom’s being mom.’ The other little kids don’t really — they’re not tuned into that frequency yet. And Lo is horrified by all of it. She just wants me to be her mom.”
She went on to say, “The more kids you have, the more responsibilities you have, the more you have to really be aware of time, time management, and juggling lots of balls in the air, and thinking, ‘Oh, my God, this is how am I gonna do this? How am I gonna promote my record and show up at my daughter’s show?’” she said. “You know what I mean? It’s a tug of war.”
As for her daughter, 18-year-old Lourdes, who will start college at the University of Michigan, she shared her words of advice for her and, for all students, as she said, ““Try to do everything in moderation. Try not to kill all your brain cells. And try to go to class.”
Yes, the years have marched on, as Madonna herself was roughly that age when she first arrived in New York City in the late 1970s as yet another unknown and aspiring dancer who eventually became the Queen of Pop and remains so to this day.
As for that life, of being still at the top of her game — despite detractors and naysayers — as a touring artist, she opened up about that grueling life on the road. She said, “It’s just physically draining. It kills me. But, I mean, that’s life.” She added, ““No partying when I’m on the road. I’m really boring on the road, I swear.”
Watch Madonna’s full interview with Carson Daly below!