Madonna on Dating Tupac Shakur and More on The Howard Stern Show (AUDIO)

March 12, 2015

Madonna opened up about having dated Tupac Shakur, her romance with Warren Beatty, her friendship with Michael Jackson, why she did not report being raped at 19 and many other provocative topics in a lengthy and wide-ranging interview on The Howard Stern Show.


Madonna has given several notable interviews coinciding with the release of her 13th studio album, ‘Rebel Heart.’ While she’s been characteristically candid in all of them, the 83-minute interview on The Howard Stern Show takes candor to yet another level.

It’s not surprising that the audio has gone viral, and that Madonna’s comments are being closely examined and commented upon as she broaches on some of the most controversial topics of our era, including the plight of women and her own rape at age 19 which she did not report. And, not least, she did confirm what’s been long rumored that she dated Tupac Shakur.

So let’s dive into these 83 minutes and find some quotable quotes! She spoke about the late rap legend Tupac Shakur in the context of her appearance on Late Show with David Letterman in 1994. She said, “”I was mad at [David Letterman] when I said the F-word a lot. I was in a weird mood that day. I was dating Tupac Shakur at the time and the thing is he got me all riled up on life in general. So when I went on the show I was feeling very gangsta.”

On the other hand, it’s widely known that Madonna was among the numerous women who dated Warren Beatty during the many years in which he had the George Clooney role as the most eligible bachelor in Hollywood and certain, at the time, equally determined to remain one. She spoke of him being an “incredible lover.” and assessing herself, in those terms, she said “I have confidence in my skills.”

She went on to talk about how he became the inspiration for her iconic hit “Vogue,” of 1990, saying, “I had seen people voguing. Warren asked me to write a song for Dick Tracy and I was thinking about all of the movie stars. Warren grew up in that era and he dated all of Hollywood, basically.”

Madonna also spoke with candor about having been raped at age 19 at knifepoint by a man she had described as having seemed to be a “very friendly guy.” She spoke about having been a newcomer to New York City and still very naieve. Asked why she did not report it to the police. She said, “You’ve already been violated. It’s just not worth it. It’s too much humiliation.”

She also talked about her friendship with Michael Jackson and said of him, “I could certainly relate to him on many levels, but he was also a very shy person. He was famous since he was a child and didn’t really have a childhood. He was painfully shy.” She went on to describe their interactions and said, “We didn’t really have a relationship about me revealing myself to him, but making fun of the crazy world we were living and working in. We didn’t talk about our childhoods…I think he felt eternally tortured. It was hard for him to look into people’s eyes.”

There’s much, much more to the interview, and it’s already on its way to becoming a classic. The Queen of Pop has had a fascinating life and a long career in the public eye, and regardless of the dismay of some, there’s no end in sight. You can listen to the audio of Madonna on The Howard Stern Show below.

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