Speaking to London's 'The Sun' newspaper, Madge said of her marriage to Ritchie:
"I did find myself sometimes in a state of conflict. There were many times when I wanted to express myself as an artist in ways that I don't think my ex-husband felt comfortable with. There were times when I felt incarcerated. I wasn't really allowed to be myself... If you're an artist, you've got to find someone who accepts who you are and are comfortable with that."
It's an interesting revelation and sheds some light on Madonna's artistic back and forth over the last fifteen years. After meeting Ritchie in 1998, Madge's music took a turn for the acoustic with the guitar driven LP 'Music' and 2003's folk-infused 'American Life' - perhaps a musical direction that was more influenced by Madonna's ex-husband than she's previously admitted.
Even more interesting is this quote from a 2005 interview Madonna gave on her critically acclaimed album 'Confessions on a Dance Floor', claiming that Guy "stormed out of the room when I played him some of these tracks. He thought it was 'shit.'"
In 2011, Ritchie labeled his marriage to Madonna "a soap opera" but said he was "glad [he] made money" off of it. Classy.
Madonna went on to talk about raising four kids (birth children Lourdes and Rocco, adopted son David and adopted daughter Mercy) on her own, saying:
"I'm the mum and the dad. I'm the husband and the wife. But we do have lots of father figures. I have an unconventional family. I've always had an unconventional family. It is what it is."
She also opened up about infamous cape-designer Giorgio Armani's jab that she can be "very difficult":
"I don't know why he said that. I was surprised. I thought we had a good relationship. When I read it, I was like: 'Oh really?' He made me a lovely outfit. I was very appreciative of it. After the performance, he sent me flowers. He thanked me and said he hoped I was OK and applauded me for getting back up on the stage."
In more positive Madge news, although her latest single "Living for Love" may have dramatically under-performed, it would seem that her LP 'Rebel Heart' is not going to follow in its footsteps. After receiving largely positive reviews, the material girl's 13th studio album is on course to take the number one spot in the UK on Sunday and is likely to top the charts State-side as well.
Maybe the curse of 'Rebel Heart' is finally ending?
Thoughts on M's latest statements?