Why Madonna Deserves Our Birthday Wishes

Lover her or hate her, you have to agree that Madonna works really hard, is a savvy businesswoman and very good at making a public statement. Let’s put her talent of performing and creating a dazzling show aside for a moment and break down how the Material Girl has kept her name a buzz throughout pop culture history for the past 30+ years, and why you should take a moment to think about it. Through decades of publicity stunts, magazine covers and now online chatter, Madonna continues to create a sense of controversy, but also what I believe to be an important discussion for our society, especially for women.
With an upcoming new album on the horizon, Madonna is still holding the throne of being the queen at making waves in the press and causing people to roll their eyes (I’ll get to that in a minute). Whether she is wearing a grill, dating a younger guy, or posing topless, Madonna’s actions continue to be in the headlines. If you sit back and look at the bigger picture though, there is always a message behind what she does and says, including her oh-so famous provocative ways.
Yes, her goal is to sell music (that is a given), but she is also driven to make a statement of some kind to stir up conversation and make people think. Such statements at times, like kissing Britney Spears on stage or releasing her Sex book, may seem unnecessary to some people at first, but in the end, Madonna is doing these things to open up the minds of the current time.
Today, seeing two women kiss on television is not that big of deal and being naked or showing skin in the media is practically everywhere. I’m not giving Madonna all the credit in completely revolutionizing the freedom of self-expression, but she certainly has played a big part with just using her own music platform. I believe that is her main focus, and it is something courageous for a person to do. Madonna is always on a mission to revolutionize the way people think. She encourages rebelling against what is considered to be “wrong.” She may come off as the loudest, raunchiest and most daring at times, but if you zero in on what she is trying to communicate, then her actions should take less of the spotlight and her message should take the center stage.
What has my mind ticking is the opinionated backlash she (still) gets, especially on social media, for being “too old” to be doing what she does. Not one to keep quiet, Madonna has gone on the defense in past interviews expressing that she is a victim of ageism and sexism. So, I have to ask, are Madonna’s current provocative ways “not appropriate” for the masses just because she is sixty years old? Is it ageism at its best?
I think, yes! When Britney, Beyoncé, and Gaga are up on stage gyrating, nobody makes a big stink about it, so why is society so hung up on bashing Madonna? Why is there an expiration date for women and their expression of sexuality?
Madonna is also a mother, in impeccable shape, employs many people and has achieved success on many different levels. You would think her drive, talent and healthy physique would be an inspiration. Sure, she can upset people and goes to the extreme in many cases to make a point, but her motive is to get people to create conversation. That is a success all on its own. The more interaction she creates and the more thought provoking she is, the more awareness is in the air. That awakens our minds.
Madonna has also been a strong supporter for human rights, equality and numerous charities for decades. Did I also mention the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care she recently built? That is inspiring to me and those are qualities of somebody with compassion and wanting to make a change.
So, here we are in 2018 and Madonna is still being hated on. It does not make a whole lot of sense to me. She has paved the way for so many young artists and contributed to shifting and bending the norms of society. If the way she went about it was too much for some people, I can understand that, but perhaps the focus should be directed towards her positive intentions and forward thinking.
I don’t want to convince people to be Madonna fans because that is not what is important. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion (especially with music). But, I do think the negative words being said about her on social media are overly harsh, and there is a disconnect between how she is viewed and the points she has made.
Society can be so strict about women wanting to express themselves, whether it is through artistic expression, fashion or music. The judgment meter has always been sky-high when it comes to women being bold in history. So I have to again ask. What type of message do you want to send to the young women in your life: to stay quiet, not express what they think, not stand up for themselves and that when a woman reaches a certain age, she must dial down her creative thoughts? That just sounds so backwards to me.
So, perhaps take a moment and reflect on what Madonna has done for our culture as a whole. I think she deserves a “Happy Birthday” tweet from each and every one of us. 
With Gratitude,
Matt Jacobi 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Matt Jacobi is a writer and COO for an award-winning creative agency. Jacobi has been a voice of truth on various world topics such as women’s rights, religion, mental health, bullying and equality. His current mission is to get more men to stand with women so that they can work together to make equality more of a reality. Jacobi was inspired to be an advocate for women’s rights since the birth of his two nieces.

Jacobi previously worked side by side with international entrepreneurs traveling the globe and assisting in bringing their various brands to life. This experience allowed him to work alongside New York City’s top publishing company, Simon & Schuster and PR powerhouse, Rubenstein Public Relations.

His earlier career began in television after graduating from Arizona State University where he landed his first job at ABC News in Phoenix, Arizona. He later made the move to Hollywood where he worked at the celebrity news show, E! News. Shortly after, The Style Network went on to feature him in a television wedding special capturing his lifestyle expertise. Jacobi continued his on-camera career as a television personality where he starred in two reality shows for the E! Network.

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Madonna's 13 Studio Albums, Ranked. Happy Birthday to the LGBT Icon!

Today, Madonna is putting the “sex” in sexagenarian. The Queen of Pop is 60. In addition to entertaining and thrilling us for over 30 years, Madonna has been outspoken about LGBTQ+ rights in her work and life since long, long before it was trendy, or even acceptable.

To celebrate the big day, Instinct has ranked all 13 of her albums, from least memorable to most unforgettable.

Note: we are only pulling from studio LPs— no soundtracks, compilations or greatest hits packages.

Here they are. All of Madonna’s albums, ranked.


13.  MDNA (2012)

William Orbit, who also produced Ray of Light, has said that MDNA suffered in part because of Madonna’s preoccupation with other business ventures. That checks out: there is very little to connect to here, so unusual when Madonna albums are generally such spirited affairs. MDNA feels like a product, like we’re going through the motions. The LP definitely has its moments: Madonna sounds furious and heartbroken on “Gang Bang” and “Love Spent,” far and away the two best tracks. “Girl Gone Wild” is a lot of fun (it should have been the lead single over the confusing “Give Me All Your Luvin’”), and she sings beautifully on album closer “Falling Free.” There is no such thing as a bad Madonna album; MDNA is the closest thing there is to a lifeless one.


12. Hard Candy (2008)

Guest artists on a Madonna record are usually not a good idea; it rarely works. Plain and simple, no one can match Madonna’s spirit and personality, and bringing younger, perhaps trendier stars into the mix comes off as forced. Hard Candy is the first album since Like a Virgin where Madonna doesn’t have a writing and/or producing credit on every song, and it’s kind of an orgy of guest stars. Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, Kanye West and Timbaland bring what you’d expect from them to the table, but as a result this barely feels like a Madonna record. The best tracks (“Give It 2 Me,” “Miles Away,” “Voices”) are the ones where she is front and center, telling us what’s up.


11. American Life (2003)

The response to American Life echoed the response Erotica received a decade earlier; it was largely dismissed and didn’t sell many copies. Erotica was misunderstood, overshadowed by the backlash surrounding Madonna’s coffee table book Sex, and has since been reappraised.

It’s still hard to warm up to American Life. The rapping in the lead single is still nails-on-a-chalkboard, and the album never really takes off, only partially committing to a stripped-down singer/songwriter aesthetic. There are moments of brilliance: “Nobody Knows Me” has great spirit, “Mother and Father” has a rousing chorus, and “Die Another Day” is a terrific dance track, just a weird fit for Bond…but ultimately American Life is a downer, and not in a good way.

10. Like a Virgin (1984)

Make no mistake: This is the moment Madonna proved she wasn’t a flash in the pan, and became a pop culture giant.

“Like a Virgin” and “Material Girl” are two of the catchiest, not to mention most iconic tracks in pop music— and they overshadow the rest of the album, which is otherwise mostly filler, save for “Dress You Up” and, to a lesser extent, “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” and “Angel.”

9. Rebel Heart  (2015)

First thing’s first: Lead single Living For Love is one of Madonna’s best tracks ever, and Rebel Heart might have been something like a home run if it were a few tracks shorter. The lyrics on “Heartbreak City” are uninspired and goofy, and the song stops the album dead for a moment. Though it’s not as intrusive as on MDNA and Hard Candy, Rebel Heart suffers from too many cooks in the kitchen, too many trendy references, etc. Madonna, you’re the trendsetter. There’s a lot to appreciate here, though: “Ghost Town” is gorgeous, and folky “Body Shop” sounds so experimental and appealing it’s easy to overlook the fact that it’s one big sex/car repair innuendo.

8. Madonna (1983)

The album that got this whole thing going is, not unlike Like a Virgin, uneven overall but with sky-high highs. “Borderline,” “Everybody,” “Holiday,” “Burning Up,” and “Lucky Star” are essential Madonna, bona fide pop classics. How about the rest of the tracks, though? Do you remember “Think of Me” and “I Know It?”

7. True Blue (1986)

True Blue is the highest-selling album by a female artist of the 1980s, and one of the best-selling records of all time. This is when Madonna took the reins and reinvented herself head-to-toe for the first time.

“Live to Tell” is Madonna’s greatest ballad, and maybe even her best song, period. She wrote all of the words herself. Who else could rock a pop song about child neglect?


6. Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005)

Madonna got on the horse after the disappointment of American Life but quick, with an all-dance record that has unlimited replay value. The lyrics are often breathtakingly beautiful (“Connect to the sky/ Future lovers ride/ Their ambitions high/ Would you like to try”) and occasionally dopey (“I don’t like cities but I like New York/ Other places make me feel like a dork”).

Truth be told, there’s very little confessing on Confessions. But boy(s) is it a blast.


5. Bedtime Stories (1994)

Madonna’s foray into R&B has gotten better with age. This is in many ways Madonna’s softest record, but it displays some of her most effortless, appealing songwriting craft. “Secret” never fails to fill a listener with intrigue. “Human Nature” barely even charted when it was released, but has since become a signature track. It is just fantastic every time she performs it live. The album closes with tremendous strength: “Sanctuary” and “Bedtime Story” haunt and thrill. “Take a Bow” is one of her most successful ventures into balladry.


4. Erotica (1992)

Unfairly dismissed 26 years ago, Erotica now at long last seems to finally be getting some of the respect it deserves. Rolling Stone can pride themselves on getting it right; awarding Erotica one of its only glowing reviews at the time. In fact, RS nailed it, calling this dark, jazz-heavy LP “a post-AIDS album about romance.”

This is Madonna The Artist at her most uncompromising and vital. God knows this thing was ahead of its time. So much of the output of Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Britney Spears,


It’s not like every track is a masterpiece—that’s not the case—but album closer “Secret Garden” sure as hell is. And "Deeper and Deeper" has arguably held up as well or better than "Vogue."

This writer is 28. I was two years old when this was released. Even I say this thing is damn required listening for all the young gays. Know your history.

3. Music (2000)

It’s tempting to tie this with Ray of Light because they’re so connected. That album was the biggest success of Madonna’s career. Two years later, Music is Madonna the musician at her most confident and instinctive. It’s like she went into the studio, said “f*ck it,” and just made noise, just let it rip. I heard the title track for the first time when I was ten years old, and I honestly think that’s when I knew I was gay, even if I wasn’t even sure what gay even meant at the time. That track still feels as funky and fresh as it did 18 years ago. “What It Feels Like For A Girl” has gained all new resonance in light of the #MeToo movement. 

Album closer “Gone” is the song you play for anyone who says Madonna can’t go deep. There’s no artifice; it’s Madonna with a guitar singing about fame, survival and life--straight from her heart and her brain. It’s Madonna at her most haunting.

2. Ray of Light (1998)

Ray of Light is widely considered a pop masterwork these days. After extensive vocal training for the lead role in Evita, Madonna’s pipes were stronger than ever. A sampling of many genres of world music and a bold foray into electronica that’s lyrically fixated on mortality and motherhood, Ray of Light is spiritually deep and musically adventurous.

After ruling the airwaves and the Billboard Hot 100 for 15 years, Madonna finally won her first Grammys, a total of four, for Ray of Light.

Here's a cruel injustice: "Ray of Light" lost Song of the Year and Record of the Year at the Grammys to that goofy, hilarious song from Titanic. Yeesh.

1. Like a Prayer (1989)

One listen nearly three decades after the fact, and it’s undeniable that this is still Madonna’s finest album. This was the moment she silenced critics who questioned her musical talents.

A concise yet eclectic mix, Like a Prayer shows off Madonna’s astonishing versatility: there’s rock (“Like a Prayer”), soul (“Express Yourself”), romantic doo-wop (“Cherish”) and even a children’s lullaby (“Dear Jessie”). And the entire package is a focused, moving and autobiographical take on religion, spirituality, sexuality and growing up.

On “Spanish Eyes,” Madonna mourns the loss of friends who died of AIDS, extremely taboo at the time.

The LP’s most poignant moment is “Oh Father.” A lot of gay men have adopted this tearjerker as an anthem for the fathers we love even though they perhaps didn’t really understand us or weren’t really there.

Do you agree with our list? Let us know in the comments. Long live The Queen of Pop!

Madonna Will Release Her Fourteenth Studio Album Later This Year

If you’re as big a Madonna fan as this writer, you may need to sit down for this news:

The Queen of Pop will release a new album sometime in 2018.

She recently sat down with Vogue Italia to chat about her new life in Lisbon with her children, upcoming projects and more. Among the biggest bombs dropped: she announced that her fourteenth LP will be released “by the end of the year.”

Madonna has been living in Portugal for about a year, and she says the music scene there has inspired her deeply, calling it “a nice antidote to what’s going on in the music business now where everything’s so formulaic, and every song has 20 guest artists on it, and everyone sounds the same.”


She continues: “In Alfama [the oldest district of Lisbon], you’ll hear people singing and playing fado music everywhere. There are these weekly sessions called living room sessions which pop up in people’s beautiful homes that are 500 years old, and you walk up the marble steps which are lined with candles into the living room which is also dimly lit with candles, and there’s this rolling, very intimate performance happening where people play, they sing, they recite poetry.”

“It’s like a salon; something which doesn’t really exist in many places anymore – people elsewhere say, ‘Call my manager, this is how much I charge.’ I’m pretty sure in Lisbon people would do these shows and not get paid, they just do them for the love of what they do, and for me, this is glorious and inspiring.”

Madonna’s key collaborator on her new record will be producer Mirwais, who produced Music (one of the best pop albums ever by anyone) and American Life (one of Madonna’s least successful records).

As for her most recent albums. 2012’s MDNA had its moments (“Gang Bang” and “Love Spent” are great) and Rebel Heart might have been a home run if it were three our four tracks shorter.

Madonna also told Vogue Italia she left America for Lisbon to help her son David pursue soccer dreams—and also to get her kids away from Trump. “This isn’t America’s finest hour,” she says.

h/t: NME

Madonna’s Vogue Italia Cover Story


Madonna Graces the Cover of Vogue Italia, and the Photos Are Gorgeous

There’s a lot of excitement buzzing around amongst Madonna fans right now. The Queen of Pop has been teasing new music for months, and she’s about to turn 60 in mid-August.

Well, it’s time to get even more stoked, because Madge is gracing the cover of this month's Vogue Italia. The first sneak peek at the photos is stunning.



MADONNA by night for @vogueitalia #mertandmarcus #vogueeyewear

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High fashion photographer Mert Atlas shared a glimpse at what’s to come, including several gorgeous shots of Madonna living a country life with her children in Portugal, and savoring the local nightlife.

Madonna moved to Lisbon last year along with her six children. She lives a slower-paced life there—in a palace.

The cover of the mag features Madonna in a black shoulder-less dress and hat gazing at the sky. The title of the issue is “Just One Day Out of Life,” quoting one of the Queen’s most iconic hits. The caption of this image on Instagram reads:

"Countdown to release of our August issue! #JustOneDayOutOfLife We celebrate a legend Madonna Find out about the new life in Lisbon of the Queen of Pop, through #mertandmarcus @mertatkas @macpiggott 's exclusive photographs and an interview by @xercxescook.” 



M A D O N N A #mertandmarcus @madonna

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M A D O N N A #mertandmarcus

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Another image shows Madonna vogue-ing in a sundress in a field of flowers.



She always gives a good face @madonna #mertandmarcus #lisbon

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There’s also an adorable pic of Madonna running through some kind of a garden with her adopted daughters Mercy James, Stella and Esther.



Girls day out MADONNA and the family FOR @vogueItalia

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And then there’s a dark image of Madonna with a horse, calling to mind the imagery of the first “Equestrian” act of the Confessions Tour.



M A D N N A #mertandmarcus my inspiration, my friend LOVE YOU @madonna

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For more of the pics, visit Atlas on Instagram.

h/t: Billboard


Sad News: Madonna Is Unlikely To Tour Anytime Super Soon

There is nothing quite like a Madonna show. I’ve seen so many of the legends live, and I can honestly say The Queen of Pop’s live performances, in their way, rank up there at the tip-top, along with Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Prince…and not many others. She’s lost none of her stage presence and creativity, and performance art is one of the things she does best.

So it’s a little bit of a bummer that Madonna apparently won’t be going on tour anytime around her upcoming 60th birthday (Aug. 16), according to The Mirror. The Queen is choosing to celebrate the special day by spending time with her family in Portugal, where she now resides in a palace, formerly a boutique hotel. She reportedly intends to throw at least one no-expenses-spared bash.

Madonna isn’t retired by any stretch of the imagination. She has a new record coming out soon, with a lead single called “Beautiful Game.” But due to living a slower pace of life with motherhood as her primary focus, a source says it’s unlikely she’ll be back on stage anytime very soon.

Madonna has six children: Lourdes and Rocco by birth, and she adopted David, Mercy James and twins Stelle and Estere. The Queen originally moved to Lisbon so David, 12, could pursue his football dreams.

“There are going to be quite a few celebrations for Madonna’s 60th, but she has said she wants to be surrounded by her family,” says a source. “What [sic] is what is most important to her and she thinks her house in Portugal will be the perfect place to host.”

Sources say Madonna may even invite Guy Ritchie, father of her son Rocco and adoptive father of David, to the bash.

Madonna last went on tour in 2015, the absolutely amazing Rebel Heart Tour. Before that was 2012’s MDNA Tour.

h/t: The Mirror

French Photographer Recreates Iconic Madonna Looks With His Dog Max, and Everybody Wins

French high fashion photographer Vincent Flouret loves his Golden Retriever, Max, and now the pooch is his favorite subject.

According to Bored Panda, Flouret starting photographing Max more and focusing less on fashion ever since taking pics of shelter dogs in LA three years ago.

Flouret’s latest passion project is called “Maxdonna,” and he’s recreating some of Madonna’s most iconic looks on Max for charity.


Highlights of the shoot include Max as Madonna’s “Ray of Light” album cover with locks waving in the wind, Max in Madonna’s iconic Jean-Paul Gaultier corset, and Max cracking the whip as “Dita” from Erotica.

Proceeds from sold prints of Maxdonna will go to Raising Malawi, Madonna’s charity for the welfare of children and orphans in East African country Malawi.

To see the best of Maxdonna, check out Bored Panda.

For all the info about Maxdonna and where you can purchase, head to Instagram.

Let's Talk About Olly Alexander and His Sexy, Button-Pushing New Photos

Lead singer of red-hot British pop group Years and Years, 27-year-old Olly Alexander is, in some ways, breaking ground. He isn’t the first openly gay pop star, but he’s owning his sexuality and judiciously pushing buttons in a way that calls to mind some of the best, and most successful pop icons before him.

He’s Paper Magazine’s latest cover boy. The photos are sexy AF.

Question: Is this the first photo shoot ever to be wardrobed by both Versace and Nasty Pig? The pics feature Alexander and a male model in various states of undress. We only see the model from the neck down, and Alexander straddles his thigh in one shot, rests his head there in another.

It’s a fun and insightful interview, too. Alexander discusses his influences (Madonna and Whitney Houston, among others), and homophobia in the music industry and beyond.

Years and Years’ critically well-received second album Palo Santo is out now. A few years ago they released their first record, Communion. On the new record, Alexander sings, innuendo-free, about sex with men.

In the interview, Alexander makes a point that he couldn’t have written the songs in Palo Alto as they are a few years ago. So this means, maybe, boys can sing explicitly about liking boys now. All eyes are on Alexander to see where he takes it from here.

Before fronting Years and Years, Alexander was an actor, appearing in Gaspar Noe’s film Enter the Void and TV’s Penny Dreadful and Skins.

Check out more of the interview, and Olly in a jockstrap, at Paper.

Madonna Plays God Herself in Ariana Grande's "God Is A Woman" Music Video.

For many of us, myself included, Madonna has been the voice of God for a really long time already. Well now that’s literally the case.

Ariana Grande just dropped the video for her new single “God Is a Woman,” the follow-up to “No Tears Left to Cry” and the second single off of her upcoming album Sweetener, due Aug. 17. The big surprise here is a cameo by The Queen of Pop, in voice only.

Madge appears at the 2 minutes 24 seconds mark, reading a passage from Ezekiel made famous by Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction:

“And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my sisters. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.”

It’s a genuinely striking video, too. Grande walks through the cosmos, bathes in pastel paint, dons a stormtrooper helmet, recreates the Sistine Chapel ceiling and literally has insults thrown at her. At one point, she sports a silver bra that calls to mind the structure of Madonna’s iconic Jean-Paul Gaultier contraptions from the Blonde Ambition and MDNA tours.

It was only a matter of time before Grande and Madonna collaborated like this. They’ve been sharing love and good vibes on social media for years. Madonna had Grande onstage with her on the Rebel Heart Tour, and Grande performed at an event for Madge’s Raising Malawi charity.

Watch the God Is a Woman video here on YouTube.

h/t: People

Madonna's Photoshop of Beyoncé Raises a Few Eyebrows

The Beyhive is all in a tizzy after a Photoshopped post by Madonna hit Instagram.

Perhaps you heard: last week, Beyoncé and Jay-Z dropped surprise album Everything Is Love, and a glossy Louvre-set music video for lead single “Apesh*t.”

This weekend, Madonna Insta’d a photo from Everything Is Love, feature Bey and J admiring paintings on the wall of the world’s largest art museum… only Madonna replaced all the paintings in the pic with her own album covers, including True Blue, Confessions on a Dance Floor, and Erotica.

The caption read: “Learning from the master…………..lol. #art #equals #freedom."

Was M just having some fun, or was she intending to shade one of today’s reigning queens of pop?

Many Bey fans were outraged. It must be said, there’s some validity to criticizing Madge for posting a picture of two black entertainers looking at a white “Master.”

Was this maybe just a little bit tone deaf? This wouldn’t be the first time Madge’s judgment hasn’t been spot-on. Leading up to the release of her last album Rebel Heart, she appropriated the likenesses of Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr., which led to an understandable uproar prompting an apology from the Queen of Pop.

Maybe some of the feedback about her Beyoncé and Jay-Z post got to Madonna, because she edited the post… twice. Now the caption merely reads


In the past, public relations between M and B have been generally amicable.

In 2013, in the wake of her first surprise, self-titled album, Beyoncé said,“I felt like I wanted to follow in the footsteps of Madonna and be a powerhouse and have my own empire.”

In 2015, Madonna told Andy Cohen in the pages of Entertainment Weekly:

“[Beyoncé] is a great performer and she puts on a show.”

Tweet: https://twitter.com/Madonna/status/1010153540931727360

Madonna Sends Out an Adorable Message to the LGBTQ+ Community for Pride Month

On Sunday, The Queen of Pop sent a message out to her gay fans for Pride Month.

Last August, Madonna moved, along with her six children, to Lisbon, where they reside in a 12-bedroom palace and former boutique hotel. She’s hard at work on a new album with Music and American Life producer Mirwais, but she took some time out for an Insta tribute to the LGBTQ+ as NYC Pride was at its peak:

“Until I can Share MY music… I’m sending Love from Lisbon! …missing NY and the fierceness of the LGBT community that gave me life from the moment I landed there!! For Me, Pride Month is every month! This [Queen] bows down to every Gay Boy that taught me a. New dance, how to dress, how to slay, To stand tall in the face of adversity to not give up hope, to own my inner bitch and to love my flaws! #loveislove #gratitude #pride -Madonna

In the short video, Madonna is singing along with Demi Lovato's track "Solo." The 59-year-old icon puckered up to blow kisses to her fans through a cat filter.

Madonna’s relationship with the LGBTQ+ community goes back to day one. Her first mentor was a gay man named Christopher Flynn, her ballet teacher. He introduced Madonna to the gay community of her native Michigan before encouraging her to walk away from her partial scholarship to the University of Michigan and move to Manhattan to pursue a career.

In a 2010 appearance on Ellen with Ellen DeGeneres, Madonna appeared to talk about bullying, and she said, quite bluntly:

“I wouldn’t have a career if it weren’t for the gay community.”

Check out the adorable Instagram post here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BkarIwIATsY/?utm_source=ig_embed