Speaking with Rolling Stone, Madonna declared that she is done caring about the infamous beef and that she now finds it boring. That sound you hear? The sound of pop fans around the world rejoicing.
Here is the full quote:
Some people are very invested in the title of ‘Who’s the Queen of Pop’ Is that a crown you’re interested in?
Well, I do think of myself as a queen, but I don’t think I’m the only queen. There’s room for other queens. We reign over different kingdoms.
Lady Gaga told Howard Stern that there’s a perception out there that she was going for your crown. “I don’t want her ****ing throne,” she said.
“I don’t think she wants my crown either. We live in a world where people like to pit women against each other. And this is why I love the idea of embracing other females who are doing what I’m doing. It’s important for us to support each other. The only time I ever criticized Lady Gaga was when I felt like she blatantly ripped off one of my songs. It’s got nothing to do with “she’s taking my crown” or “she’s in some space of mine.” She has her thing. I do think she is a very talented singer songwriter. It was just that one issue.And everybody’s obviously run with it and turned it into a huge feud, which I think is really boring, quite frankly. And you know what? I don’t care anymore. Here’s the thing: One day, everyone’s going to just shut up about it. You’ll see! I have a plan.”
A plan? What kind of plan does Madonna have up her sleeve? We don’t want to speculate, but possibly maybe perhaps these two Queens of Pop are planning a collaboration that will set the world ablaze with light and love and joy. Hey, it could happen.
Madonna has seemingly been over this beef for some time, though it lives on in the media and through each artist’s respective fanbase. It all began when Madonna called Gaga out for being “reductive” after many noted Gaga’s “Born This Way” sounded too similar to Madonna’s “Express Yourself.” And it all ends, hopefully, with everyone taking Madonna’s advice and moving on.
The Material Girl also offered up some thoughts on a few other popular artists. Of Kanye West, with whom she has collaborated, she said:
“He’s a brilliant madman. He can’t help himself. Like, he doesn’t have the same filters other people have. He has to blurt things out – he’s always saying inappropriate stuff. But he also has brilliant ideas in the studio, if you can get him to pay attention long enough. I don’t always agree with the things he says or does – I don’t always like his music, even. But he’s a beautiful mess. I love him. I think he takes award shows too seriously. I never got too engaged with who wins awards or not, because I don’t honestly think it’s that important. So that part of him I can’t relate to. Like, what’s the point of fighting for somebody to… like, ‘This person should have got it’? Don’t come to an award show looking for justice!”
“She has an opinion, and she’s going against the norm. So in that respect, she is similar to me, yeah. And also, people just want to give her a hard time all the time because they think she’s a goody-two-shoes, so of course I want to embrace her.”
Madonna is set to release her new album, Rebel Heart, which leaked (three times) earlier. Gaga, of course, is still flying high after a wildly successful night at the 2015 Oscars. With both women in good places, it sounds like the perfect time to bury the hatchet.