Madonna has admitted she still hopes she’s a gay icon, saying she and her gay fans are “mutually inspired” by one another.
The superstar, who releases her new single Hung Up next month, said she has always worked to fully represent her gay fans, after forming some of her closet friendships with gay men in the 1980s.
“I like to think we’ve been mutually inspired by one another,” she told Attitude magazine.
“Maybe it’s because the first person that ever believed in me was gay. My ballet teacher. He was the first person that made me feel like I was special and, I dunno, I think that was the beginning of some kind of unconscious connection.”
When asked about her gay icon status, she admitted she “hopes” she is still the biggest gay icon of all time.
However, she also reveals that she agrees with Kylie Minogue’s summary of the Australian superstar being the princess, and Madonna the queen.
“That’s very good,” she says. “We like it that way.”
She also told the magazine that the impact of AIDS on her close circle of friends “freaked me out”.
“It was in the early days when it was all, like mysterious. It seemed, for a while there, I kept saying to my friends ‘It’s getting all the beautiful ones, all the beautiful ones are going’.”
“It was horrible – we just didn’t know what was going on.”
The former Material Girl also hit back at criticisms from Boy George that her Kabbalah religion is homophobic.
“He’s just got a bee in his bonnet,” she says.
“I don’t know why he said that. It’s not true. I would say that at least 50% of the men who come to the Kabbalah centre are gay, at all the centres I go to. Nobody ever talks about who they sleep with.”
The interview, which was conducted by playwright and Attitude deputy editor Matthew Todd, is the first time in years the star has spoken to the gay press.
It launches one of the biggest promotional pushes for a new album the singer has helmed. Confessions On A Dance Floor is released on the 14th November.