Washington: American pop singer-songwriter Madonna whose 14th studio album ‘Madame X’ released a week ago, took the stage at iHeartRadio Theater to interact with a group of fans and media about the origin of her latest song.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the star whose latest album is expected to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 200 chart, interacted with fans on Thursday night according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The conversation which was moderated well by Cubby Bryant and Christine Nagy, offered more insight of Madonna’s creative process while waxing nostalgic about her beloved hit songs such as “Vogue” and “Like a Virgin.”
The 60-year-old singer who looked gorgeous in a sparkling blazer, bustier, silk shorts, and her signature Madame X eyepatch — also spoke about using art as activism in 2019’s divisive socio-political climate and joked about the possibility of running for president.
However, the singer did her best not to talk about the current President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, whom she has publicly criticized in the past. “Let’s not go there,” she said at one point when his name slipped out of her mouth.
The Hollywood Reporter highlights parts of the discussion, which also included interesting points about her being relocating from the U.S. to Portugal, her relationship with social media, collaborating with Latin artists and her role as a mother of six.
The singer confessed that she thought that she would not record another album after 2015’s Rebel Heart — but her mind changed after relocating to Portugal’s capital nearly two years ago. She originally settled in Lisbon with six children so that her 13-year-old son, David Banda, could pursue his dreams of becoming a soccer player, but she unexpectedly found her creative juices flowing again in the scenic coastal city.
“I never in a million years would have imagined that I would live in Lisbon. But it really was about supporting my son’s passion for soccer and wanting to have an adventure and to get outside of America for a minute,” said Madonna.
“So I did go there. And it was a confusing, crazy experience for me specifically in the beginning because I didn’t know anybody. And the culture is very different. It’s very much slower than New York,” she concluded.
After the culture shock, the singer found herself connecting with some local musicians who helped her to lay the foundation of her new album Madame X.
“In my moments of loneliness, and not having a friend which reminded me of my early days in New York, I met a few people who led me to meet other people who introduced me to amazing musicians who invited me to parties and small bars and clubs. I was truly, truly inspired. I had no intention of recording another album, but somehow it just happened,” she said.
The singer was asked at the event about how she decided to name the album, to which Madonna said that “Madame X” is the nickname of modern dance pioneer Martha Graham.
Madonna credited Graham as the one who is behind the cause of her reputation as the queen of reinvention. “You can blame Martha Graham,” she joked.