In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Madonna discussed her journey writing her own biography. Maluma, a Colombian singer-songwriter, interviewed the Queen Of Pop for a “Musicians On Musicians” piece in the current edition.
Recollecting Is Draining
The Queen of Pop announced in September that she will be taking her illustrious career to the big screen. The movie is in the works at Universal Pictures, with Academy Award-winning writer/producer Diablo Cody (Juno) on board as a co-writer.
Madonna started the following when questioned about authoring the film, which was unveiled last year: “Writing my script is the most draining, challenging experience I’ve ever had,” the singer answered. “It’s kind of like psychotherapy in a way because I have to remember every detail from my childhood till now and write it down in a way that could later be made presentable.”
Writing Has Been Hard
Madonna went on to say: “Remembering all the things that made me decide to be who I am, my journey as an artist, my decision to leave Michigan to go to New York, all the things that happened to me when I was young and naive, my relationships with my family and friends, watching many of my friends die — sometimes, I have writing sessions where I go to bed and I just want to cry. You know what I mean?”
“The thing is, I realize I forgot a lot of things, and reliving, digging deep, trying to recall emotions that I felt in certain moments, both joyful and traumatic experiences … I realize I’ve lived a crazy life.”
Madonna responded to Maluma’s suggestion that Madonna’s background must have been “lovely at the same time,” saying: “Beautiful, obviously. But I would find myself at night, lying there in bed, thinking, ‘My God, did that really happen to me? Did I really know that person?’”
An Artist In A ‘Man’s World’
Shortly before the project was announced officially last year, Madonna gave a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the writing process for the upcoming film. Madge and Cody talked about where they were with the film at the moment during an hour-long Instagram Live presentation.
The ‘Madame X’ singer stated it was about her “battle as an artist trying to exist in a man’s world,” and it took her on a “happy, sad, furious, crazy, good, nasty, and horrible” journey. Madonna described the initiative as a “visual autobiography” last week, saying: “Don’t call it a biopic.” She continued, “The reason I’m doing it is a bunch of people have tried to write movies about me, but they’re always men.”
Wait For November
Madonna, meanwhile, had a private ‘Madame X’ concert in New York on Friday night (October 8) and ended the act by bringing it to the streets of the city of Harlem.
The first of ten pairs in Rolling Stone’s Musicians on Musicians series are Madonna and Maluma. The magazine will continue to publish the remaining pairings and covers throughout the week. The print edition will be available in November.