Madonna's Confession About Whitney Houston Is Long Overdue

madonna performing at superbowlI love the Material Girl as much as the next Millennial who grew up doing dance recitals to "Like a Prayer," but sometimes -- lately, especially -- Madonna comes off like such a self-obsessed megalomaniac. Yeah, she's the Queen of Pop, but her fake-accented, condescending attitude (like telling 20/20's Cynthia McFadden to look up the word "reductive") is still a real turn-off. She also always seems to have a knack for making  comments on a fellow star all about ... her. That is, until now.

Speaking out for the first time about Whitney Houston's death the other day, Madonna actually showed some humility! Incredible! You should probably brace yourself for this, because I swear, I've never heard words like this tumble from Madge's mouth.


Madonna told U.K. paper The Sun about her reaction to her peer's death a little over a month ago now ... 

I, probably like everybody else, was hit by this shocking sense of disbelief — especially with Whitney Houston. ... One thing I was struck by with Whitney Houston is I remember she sort of came out as a singer around the same time I did. I remember looking at her singing and hearing people talk about her, and just thinking, 'Oh my God. She’s such a beautiful woman and my God, what an incredible voice. I wish I could sing like that.' I just remember being extremely envious of her and also touched by her innocence.”

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Whaaaat?! Crazy. This might be the first time ever that Madge has actually admitted to being envious or not as great as another pop icon. I've pretty much been under the impression that she has always felt superior to everyone -- especially other lady icons -- in pop music. But for once, she's admitting she can't really sing all that well (dancing has always been much more her "thing"), and beyond that, she actually is 'fessing up to having envied Whitney! Wow! A.) I'm seriously impressed, and B.) This speaks VOLUMES about Whitney's tremendous talent, huh? 

And oh, maybe there's a C. ... At 54 years old, has Madonna finally grown up, or is this just a one-off circumstance? Either way, I guess I'll feel less annoyed the next time she starts up her egomaniacal shtick. Because at least now we know she's capable of real emotion and humility.

Are you surprised by Madonna's reaction to Whitney Houston's death?


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