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Madonna’s had lovers who are 3 decades younger, and she’s tired of your judgment

Pop icon Madonna has described herself as “oppressed,” saying she was tired of a gender double-standard over her relationships with younger men.

music Updated: Jan 11, 2017 08:33 IST
Madonna poses arriving on the red carpet to attend a special screening of the film The Beatles Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years in London.
Madonna poses arriving on the red carpet to attend a special screening of the film The Beatles Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years in London.(AFP)

Pop icon Madonna has described herself as “oppressed,” saying she was tired of a gender double-standard over her relationships with younger men.

The 58-year-old singer said in an interview published Tuesday that she has endured criticism throughout her entire career despite her professional success.

“I’ve always felt oppressed,” she told Harper’s Bazaar magazine.

“A large part of that is because I’m female and also because I refuse to live a conventional life. I’ve created a very unconventional family.

Madonna (R) and her daughter Mercy (2nd L) watch the Carnival parade of samba schools with Rio de Janeiro Governor Sergio Cabral (2nd R) and Dilma Rousseff (L), cabinet chief of Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome. (Reuters)

“I have lovers who are three decades younger than me. This makes people very uncomfortable. I feel like everything I do makes people feel really uncomfortable,” she said.

Madonna has been linked romantically to a number of men in their 20s at the time, most recently Ivorian model Aboubakar Soumahoro and earlier French choreographer Brahim Zaibat and Dutch dancer Timor Steffens.

The Material Girl -- who has four children and has been married twice -- also said she faced sexism in that she is often asked why she remains active as an artist.

“Did somebody go to Pablo Picasso and say, ‘Okay, you’re 80 years old. Haven’t you painted enough paintings?’ No. I’m so tired of that question.”

In this April 10, 1991, file photo, Madonna and Michael Jackson go out for dinner together at a restaurant in Los Angeles. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Madonna, who last year completed a global tour for her latest album Rebel Heart, will soon be directing a movie, Loved.

Madonna wrote the screenplay for the film, an adaptation of Andrew Sean Greer’s novel The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells about a woman who is transported to different eras as part of psychiatric treatment for depression.

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