Mert Alas & Marcus PiggotMadonna and Joan of Arc may have more in common than you think. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Madonna talks about the song on her upcoming album named after the historical figure and reflects on what she would be willing to die for.
“I've always been drawn to her story,” the singer says of Joan of Arc, the Catholic saint and French nationalist who was burned at the stake by the British in 1431. “More than anything, drawn to her commitment to what she believed in. In the face of death, she did not back down. And that is a theme that resonates with me. And women need female role models like that.”
In the lyrics of the song, however, Madonna admits she may not be ready to lay down her life like Joan did. “Meaning, I'm not ready to be burned at the stake,” she says. “Not yet. That does really require an elevated soul, you know? When you are really, really ready to die for what you believe in.”
There is one thing she’d sacrifice herself for, though. “I would die for my children. For sure,” the mother of four says.
Discrimination against women is another thing she feels strongly about, citing the case of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner who was shot by a Taliban gunman for for advocating education for girls. "That really makes me want to start a war," Madonna tells Rolling Stone. "The idea that a girl can't have an education is unspeakable, to me. But all forms of discrimination drive me crazy.”
“I felt like we were really going backwards, humanity was going backwards,” she says of things she's seen around the world lately. "There's a lot of causes that get me going and that make me think, you know, ‘Let's go. I'm ready to fight for all these people, for all people who are discriminated against for their religion that they choose, their sexual preference.’”
She adds, “I feel personally wounded by it, and I feel like it's my job as a human being, as an artist, as a mother, as a woman, to fight for all these people.”
Madonna’s cover story with Rolling Stone is on stands now. Her album, Rebel Heart, arrives March 10.
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