Madonna has denied that artistry decreases with age, stating in a new interview that there’s no “expiration date for being creative”.
The singer released her thirteenth album ‘Rebel Heart’ in March, reaching Number Two in both the UK and US charts in the process.
In a new interview with Billboard, Madonna compared herself to Cubist painter Pablo Picasso, stating: “He kept painting and painting until the day he died. Why? Because I guess he felt inspired to do so”.
“Life inspired him, so he had to keep expressing himself, and that’s how I feel”.
She added: “I don’t think there’s a time, a date, an expiration date for being creative. I think you go until you don’t have any more to say.”
She said at the time: “I was shocked. I thought ‘Wait a second. Shouldn’t it be to do with whether you wrote a good catchy pop song?’ I thought it was so discriminatory and unfair.”
“We’ve made so many advances in other areas – civil rights, gay rights – but ageism is still an area that’s taboo and not talked about or dealt with.”
Radio 1 responded that they “never ban artists”, adding: “Tracks are chosen on musical merit and relevance to our young audience. An artist’s age is never a factor”.