Madonna says writing her biopic is a “draining and challenging experience”

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“It’s kind of like psychotherapy in a way. I realise I’ve lived a crazy life”

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Madonna has described the process of working on her upcoming biopic as “the most draining, challenging experience” of her life.

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The Queen of Pop revealed last September that she would be bringing her lengthy career to the big screen. Universal Pictures is developing the project, with Academy Award-winning writer/producer Diablo Cody (Juno) on co-writing duties.

During a new ‘Musicians On Musicians’ interview with Rolling Stone (published today, October 12), Madonna was asked by Maluma how it was to “relive” her past through the movie.

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“Writing my script is the most draining, challenging experience I’ve ever had,” the singer responded. “It’s kind of like psychotherapy in a way, because I have to remember every detail from my childhood till now.”

Madonna. CREDIT: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Pride Island

Madonna continued: “Remembering all the things that made me decide to be who I am, my journey as an artist, my decision to leave Michigan to go to New York, all the things that happened to me when I was young and naive, my relationships with my family and friends, watching many of my friends die — sometimes, I have writing sessions where I go to bed and I just want to cry. You know what I mean?

“The thing is, I realise I forgot a lot of things, and reliving, digging deep, trying to recall emotions that I felt in certain moments, both joyful and traumatic experiences… I realise I’ve lived a crazy life.”

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Maluma suggested that Madonna’s past must have been “beautiful at the same time”, to which the star replied: “Beautiful, obviously. But I would find myself at night, lying there in bed, thinking, ‘My God, did that really happen to me? Did I really know that person?'”

Madonna shared a behind-the-scenes look at the process of writing the upcoming film shortly before the project was officially announced last year. An hour-long Instagram Live broadcast saw Madge and Cody talk about where they were at with the movie at that time.

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The ‘Madame X’ musician said it detailed her “struggle as an artist trying to survive in a man’s world”, covering a journey she called “happy, sad, mad, crazy, good, bad and ugly”.

Last week saw Madonna describe the project as a “visual autobiography”, saying: “Don’t call it a biopic.” She added: “The reason I’m doing it is a bunch of people have tried to write movies about me, but they’re always men.”

Meanwhile, Madonna hosted a secret ‘Madame X’ gig in New York last Friday night (October 8) and ended it by taking the show to the streets of Harlem.

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