For the 150th anniversary issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Madge sounded off on the ageism and sexism she's experienced in her life and career. "I've always felt oppressed," she said in quotes revealed by People. She continues:
"I know a lot of people would go, 'Oh, that's ridiculous for you to say that. You're a successful white, wealthy pop star,' but I’ve had the shit kicked out of me for my entire career, and a large part of that is because I'm female and also because I refuse to live a conventional life."
The 58-year-old added:
"I've created a very unconventional family. 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...I don’t believe there’s a certain age where you can’t say and feel and be who you want to be."
The Hillary Clinton–supporting pop star also weighed in on her thoughts on Donald Trump getting elected president, likening it to a brutal relationship experience. "You wake up" she says, "and for a second you’re just you, and then you go, 'Oh, the person I love more than anything has just broken my heart, and I’m devastated and I’m broken and I have nothing. I’m lost'...That’s how I feel every morning."