Madonna has said she was “extremely
affected” by the AIDS crisis.
The 53-year-year-old Madonna made her
comments in a cover story with gay glossy The
Touching on the topic of her early
support for gay men living with HIV/AIDS, Madonna observed that the
crisis brought out the worst in some people.
“I was extremely affected by it,”
she said, insisting that it's “OK, to be gay, period.”
“I saw how people treated them
differently. I saw the prejudices, and I think probably I got that
confused with, intertwined with, you know, maybe things that … ways
that people treated me differently.”
Madonna, who is set to perform during
Sunday's Super Bowl XLVI halftime show in Indianapolis, added that
she has never abandoned her gay fans.
“I never left them. When you're
single, you certainly have more time to socialize and hang out with
your gay friends, but then you get married and you have a husband and
you have children, and your husband wants you to spend time with
“I hope nobody's taking that
personally. It certainly was not a conscious decision. As it
stands, most of my friends in England are gay.”
“But I'm back,” she added. “Never