Pop icon Madonna may have recently come out as gay, but that may not come as a surprise to some, as the star has always been a trailblazer when it comes to sexuality and LGBTQ issues.
Madonna, 64, posted a TikTok that has since gone viral in which she apparently announced her sexuality in a playful video.
Posing in a dressing room at her home in a cream corset reminiscent of her iconic Jean Paul Gaultier conical bra and wide-leg sweatpants, Madonna began the video clutching a pair of pink lace briefs.
The caption of the video reads “if I miss it, I’m gay”, as the singer stared intently at the camera and began to wrinkle the briefs.
She then throws them across the room as the camera cuts to the panties landing on the floor next to a trash can.
The TikTok ends with Madonna leaning towards the camera before waving her hand above her head and walking away.
Fans flooded her comments asking if she had officially come out as gay along with other pundits on social media, pointing to her long history of progressive views on sexuality.
Here are some of the many things Madonna has said about it.
Most fans always assumed Madonna was bisexual after years of seemingly lusting after women and there was her infamous kiss with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.
After the steamy video for “Justify My Love” was released in the 1990s, Madonna opened up about speculation about her sexuality.
“I think everyone has a bisexual nature. That’s my theory. I could be wrong,” she said in a TV interview.
In another interview, she explained, “I won’t say I’ve never slept with a woman but…I like men.”
The singer opened up about her experiences with self-pleasure when she gave her fans a snippet of her long-awaited biopic.
Madonna read part of the script aloud to her fans on Instagram last year, detailing her awakening.
“I discovered masturbation when I was 19,” the star read.
“This dancer told me about it. She was like, ‘Do you have a boyfriend?’ I looked at her like she was speaking Arabic, “I don’t blame you. Masturbation is so much more enjoyable,” she said. The concept of masturbation hadn’t even crossed my mind.”
Madonna went on to share how the dancer gave her some self-love advice: “She described it to me and I went home and tried that night…and I was like, ‘ ‘OK, now I get it. That’s what people are supposed to do. feel during sex. This girl who told me about masturbation, she saved my life.
“It’s the little things you take for granted in life.”
Madonna has always been a leader in LGBTQ rights, beginning with advocating for the gay community at the start of the AIDS epidemic to fighting for marriage equality.
“No ally has been a better friend or had a greater impact on acceptance in the LGBTQ community than Madonna,” CNN anchor Anderson Cooper said of introducing Madonna at the 30th GLAAD Awards in 2019. where she won the Advocate for Change award.
Accepting her award, Madonna explained her passion for the LGBTQ community: “Fighting for all marginalized people is a duty and an honor that I could not turn my back on and never will.
“The AIDS epidemic, the plague that settled like a black cloud in New York, and in the blink of an eye,” she snapped her fingers, “killed all my friends.”
“I remember the pandemonium and the fear, and people trying all kinds of drugs that didn’t work,” she continued. “And doing my own drug errands in Mexico for my friends to buy experimental drugs that were supposed to help cure but ended up killing them faster.”
She added: “Once you really understand what it means to love, you understand what it takes to become a human being, and that it is the duty of every human being to fight, to defend, to do whatever we can and whatever it takes. MADAME X is a FREEDOM FIGHTER.”
She spoke out after two men were jailed for getting married in Malawi, the African country from which she adopted four children.
“As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all, regardless of gender, race, colour, religion or sexual orientation. This week Malawi took a giant leap backwards. The world is filled with pain and suffering; therefore, we must uphold our basic human right to love and be loved,” she wrote in a statement.
Leaked nude photos
Madonna refused to be ashamed after magazines published nude photos of the star in 1985.
Penthouse Editor Bob Guccione described the photos as “of Madonna alone, fully nude, very explicit…with everything in plain sight”.
The photos were taken in 1978 before she became famous, but Madonna refused to apologize or show embarrassment for the nudes.
“I’m not ashamed of anything,” she said in a statement in 1985.
She set the tone for how women would react to similar incidents to this day.
Free the nipple
In 2021, Madonna slammed Instagram after deleting some of her photos, “a small part of her nipple was exposed”.
“It’s still amazing to me that we live in a culture that allows every inch of a woman’s body to be shown except for a nipple. Like that’s the only part of a woman’s anatomy. woman who could be sexualized. The nipple that feeds the baby!” she wrote to her millions of followers.
“Can’t a man’s nipple be experienced as erotic??!! And what about a woman’s ass that is never censored anywhere.”
She added: “Thankful for managing to maintain my sanity through four decades of censorship……sexism……ageism and misogyny.
Madonna has opened up about the ageism she faced saying she was “too old” to be sexy.
“It’s an outdated and patriarchal idea that a woman should stop being fun, curious, adventurous, beautiful or sexy after the age of 40. It’s ridiculous,” she said. The cup in 2018.
“Why should only men be allowed to be adventurous, sexual, curious and fun until the day they leave this earth? Why should this only be the domain of men? How do you fight this?
“By standing up to men and standing up to mores or social norms that say we can’t. The more women who do, it will only be a matter of time.”
Madonna has opened up about her career being described as “sexually provocative” because she “used sexuality as part of my creativity” and how she had been criticized for it.
“Now all the challenges I faced 20 years ago seem ridiculous,” she said. “What I’m going through now is ageism, with people putting me down or giving me a hard time for dating younger men or doing things that are considered for women. younger.
“I mean, who made these rules? Who said? I’m going to keep fighting. In 10 to 20 years it’s going to be normal. People are going to shut up.”