The 56-year-old Material Girl stars in one of her steamiest photo shoots to date for the new cover ofInterview magazine, posing in lingerie, thigh-highs and going completely topless in one shot by famed fashion photographers Marcus Piggott and Mert Alas.
Madonna is interviewed by magician David Blaine for the magazine, in which she talks about her obsession with death, her spirituality and her own personal experiences with drugs.
Talking about her mother, Madonna Louise Ciccone, who passed away when Madonna was only 5 years old, the singer says she's just one of the driving forces behind her work ethic.
"I became very obsessed with death, and the idea that you never know when death will arrive, so one has to do as much as possible all the time to get the most out of life," she says. "And death was a big part of my life growing up. I went to lots of funerals."
As morbid as that may seem, now, she counts her mother as one of her "angels" when talking about her spiritual side.
"The ritual of prayer isn't a religious thing as much as it is having a ritualistic moment to acknowledge things and not take things for granted," she says about setting aside time specifically for prayer. "For instance: the fact that you wake up and there's air in your lungs; the fact that you have a job to do; the fact that you have friends; the fact that you have your health. You're going to do something that's going to bring you joy. We take these things for granted. And, you know, I think it's important to call angels to you to protect you."
Madonna opens up about her highly anticipated forthcoming album in the new interview, specifically about the song "Devil Prays," which she says is about how people take drugs to "connect to God or to a higher level of consciousness."
But when it comes to her own personal drug use, Madonna admits she's "tried everything once," but almost immediately, didn't like the feeling.
" ... That's the illusion of drugs, because they give you the illusion of getting closer to God, but ultimately they kill you," she says. "They destroy you. I mean, I tried everything once, but as soon as I was high, I spent my time drinking tons of water to get it out of my system. As soon as I was high, I was obsessed with flushing it out of me. I was like, 'Okay, I'm done now.'"
Madonna also reveals she's mostly "sad" when writing new material.
"It's okay, because I'm sad most of the time, so we're good," she shares. "Not sad, but upset about something. ... Suffering is a big informer, a big catalyst for creation. You take your sadness, your despair, your sense of injustice, and you put it in your work."