Singer Madonna covered Harper’s Bazaar, and tells the story of her beginnings in music and the struggles she faced.
“If I can’t be daring in my work or the way I live my life, then I don’t really see the point of being on this planet,” says the performer.
She adds, “Being a rebel and not conforming doesn’t make you very popular. In fact, it does the opposite. You are viewed as a suspicious character. A troublemaker. Someone dangerous.”
Madonna reflects on her high school rebellion, which she describes as doing “the opposite of what all the other girls were doing,” which turned her into a “real man repeller.”
“That didn’t go very well. Most people thought I was strange. I didn’t have many friends; I might not have had any friends,” admits the music icon. “But it all turned out good in the end, because when you aren’t popular and you don’t have a social life, it gives you more time to focus on your future. And for me, that was going to New York to become a REAL artist.”
Not that things got easier in New York.
Madonna says the city “did not welcome me with open arms. The first year, I was held up at gunpoint. Raped on the roof of a building I was dragged up to with a knife in my back, and had my apartment broken into three times.”
“I was defiant. Hell-bent on surviving. On making it. But it was hard and it was lonely, and I had to dare myself every day to keep going,” remembers the singer.
She explains that she is “not a big fan of rules,” even though she’s a “big believer in ritualistic behavior.”