Madonna is not comparing herself to historical figures.
Yesterday, the singer posted photos of Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela with their faces wrapped in black cords just like her Rebel Heart album cover. Last night, she posted an apology on Facebook to those who thought she was comparing herself to them.
She also posted another photo of John Lennon and made sure to thank her fans for recreating her album cover. "It shows that you are also celebrating and in admiration of these great freedom fighters! When I repost these images I am saying YES! These people are all Rebel Hearts in one way or another from Martin Luther King to Jesus to Nelson Mandela to John Lennon," she said in the post. "YES! Lets celebrate them! The world needs more people like them."
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On Saturday, Madonna posted more pictures of Princess Diana and Basquiat saying that they have "rebel hearts" too. "Anyone who fights for freedom is a #rebelheart," she writes.
Madonna released six new songs from Rebel Heart as a "Christmas gift" following leaks, but the full album will be released in March.
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