Madonna: ‘I know who the real Illuminati are’

Singer denies that a song she made named after the group is admission of her membership

Madonna has said that her song ‘Illuminati’, which leaked online last year, is not an admission that she is a member of the secret group. Adding that she knows who the real members are.

‘Illuminati’ was leaked alongside a number of other songs from the sessions for Madonna’s new album ‘Rebel Heart’ in late 2014. Madonna referred to the leak at the time as both ‘terrorism’ and ‘artistic rape’.

The track was produced by Kanye West and, in a new interview with Rolling Stone, she discusses the secretive organisation behind the title of the song.

“People often accuse me of being a member of the Illuminati, but the thing is, I know who the real Illuminati are and I know where that word comes from,” Madonna said. She went on to claim she believes scientists, artists and philosophers who flourished during the Age of Enlightenment are the real members.

Madonna has worked with a number of artists on ‘Rebel Heart’, which is due for release in March. Among the artists and producers are Nicki Minaj, Nas, Chance The Rapper, Avicii and Diplo. “Writing music, you have to be vulnerable,” she says. “It’s almost like writing your diary in front of somebody and reading it out loud. Some people made me feel comfortable and I felt connected to them, and other people seemed very strange to me.”

As for the songs on the album, Madonna wants to be able to perform them without technology. “This is all part of my Armageddon thinking right now,” she said. “The world is changing and what does it all come down to at the end of the day? It comes down to the songs.”

Madonna is due to release ‘Rebel Heart’ on March 9. On Christmas Day, 14 tracks supposedly taken from the record were leaked, while six unfinished demos were previously released without the singer’s consent earlier in 2014.