Madonna Louise Ciccone is a singer, actress and the world’s best-selling female music artist. She has been in the spotlight since the early 1980s, breaking through with pop songs like “Borderline”, “Lucky Star”, “Into the Groove” and “Material Girl”. Madonna became just as famous for her numerous controversial acts as with her music, appearing in racy music videos and publishing a book featuring nude photographs of her. She also has acted in several movies, often earning the wrath of movie critics.
Born on August 16, 1958 in Bay City, Michigan, Madonna’s birth sign is Leo.
“I have a funny relationship with religion,” the pop star said. “I’m a big believer in ritualistic behavior as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody. But I’m not a big fan of rules.” (1)
To understand the complex history of Madonna’s personal faith, you need to look at her beliefs through the years.
Madonna grew up in a Catholic household. She considered herself a Catholic during the formative parts of her young adulthood. During her early period as a pop star, Madonna would use her Catholic upbringing to attract publicity, such as wearing numerous crucifixes. She also sang about religion in controversial ways, such as on her song “Like a Prayer”. When that song was released in 1989, many religion groups took offense to the video showing the burning of crosses, acts of violence and a black depiction of Jesus Christ.
Around the age of 35, Madonna spent time learning Kabbalah. “That was the next daring period of my life,” Madonna said in a telling interview. “When the world discovered I was studying Kabbalah, I was accused of joining a cult. I was accused of being brainwashed. Of giving away all my money. I was accused of all sorts of crazy things,” she explained (1)
“I wasn’t hurting anybody. Just going to class, taking notes in my spiral notebook, contemplating my future. I was actually trying to become a better person.”
In the present day it seems that Madonna feels a kinship to many of the world’s religions but not a particular one. ” I think it is important to study all the holy books. As my friend Yaman always tells me, a good Muslim is a good Jew, and a good Jew is a good Christian, and so forth. I couldn’t agree more. To some people this is a very daring thought.” (1)
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