While countless women flocked to the movie cinemas this weekend to see Fifty Shades of Grey, there’s one woman who’ll likely be skipping it: Madonna. The pop icon, who’s known for her naughty antics, tells Billboard she’s not exactly a fan of the erotic phenomenon.
Madonna says she read the book, but was less than impressed. “It’s pulp fiction,” she says. “It’s not very sexy, maybe for someone who has never had sex before. I kept waiting for something exciting and crazy to happen in that red room thing, and I was like, ‘Hmm, a lot of spanking.'”
The 56-year-old also revealed that her views on sex haven’t changed during last 25 years. “Absolutely not,” she says. “Nope. Sex is a wonderful, necessary part of life.”
Sex and religion also continue to be common themes in the songs on Madonna’s new album, Rebel Heart. “When have I not explored the politics of sex and religion?” she says. “I’m just continuing with my studies.”
She says that while she’s been criticized by the Catholic Church a few times now, she’d like to have a sit-down with Pope Francis someday. “I also feel like this new pope is kind of groovy, and I think we might be able to get together and have a chat about sex,” she says.
All this sex talk isn’t to say Madonna doesn’t want to be in love again. “I’m a hopeless romantic,” the currently single singer admits. “I love being in love. I mean, I’m in love with my children, but that’s a different kind of love. It’s the love that never ends.”
Rebel Heart, which includes Madonna’s latest single “Living for Love,” comes out March 10.