Madonna has defied the laws of pop music, sustaining her career decades after it kicked off. And it seems her sensible attitude in part explains her longevity.
In an interview with The Sun, when asked about the criticism Adele received from designer Karl Lagerfeld, she had these wise words.
"That's horrible. That's ridiculous, that's just the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. I don't like it when anybody says anything bad about anyone — I don't like it. Adele's a great talent and how much she weighs has nothing to do with it," she said. "The thing for Adele to remember is at the end of the day, whether you rise or fall, it has so much to do with how you sustain yourself and keep your integrity and your inner strength."
Her last bit of advice seems relevant not only to living pop stars, but also to two pop stars we lost in the last year. "It is all about who you surround yourself with — friends and people who really do care about you, and care about your well-being beyond being a superstar. That's the most important thing," she said, later addressing the losses of Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston.
"One thing I was struck by with Whitney Houston is I remember she sort of came out as a singer around the same time I did," Madonna added. "I remember looking at her singing and hearing people talk about her, and just thinking, 'Oh my God. She's such a beautiful woman and my God, what an incredible voice. I wish I could sing like that.' I just remember being extremely envious of her and also touched by her innocence."
Madonna is now focused on the upcoming release of her album MDNA, and she said, "I hope I inspire women and give them strength to deal with life no matter what comes their way."