MADONNA to PEOPLE
Magazine: Dress like Britney and Think Like Me!
SWEPT AWAY, the couple's critically panned
film, was pulled from theaters only three weeks after its
release. "Everybody wants to know, 'God, weren't you really
bummed out by the reaction?' Yes, I was," she says.
"But did it affect my relationship with my husband? No. If
our relationship couldn't have handled the failure of that movie,
what would have been the basis of it?" Besides, she says
they had fun filming it. "Contrary to what people
think," she says, "I take direction very well."
"I symbolize the American dream,
someone who came from nothing and then supposedly had everything.
But did I? Is the American dream everything? I think the answer
is no. There's more." Not only that, but the former Material
Girl whose personal fortune is estimated at more than $300
million says she has changed her tune. "Don't get me
wrong. It's fabulous I have these beautiful homes and
paintings," she says. "But the most important thing in
life is love. I know it sounds corny, but everybody knows it's
For now, Madonna is looking ahead, hoping to
make another movie "There's a completely original
musical I want to do, a bit of an extravaganza" and
trying not to scrutinize herself too closely. "At one point
I only cared about clothes and boys and french fries," she
says. "I've grown. I've discovered things I had no idea of
when I was in my 20s." Among them: the value of inner peace
and the fact that fashion trendsetting is best left to
those with more youthful Blonde Ambition. "I don't want
people to dress like me anymore," she says. "Now I want
them to think like me. Dress like Britney Spears and
think like me, and everything will be fine."
Article by MICHELLE TAUBER with TODD GOLD in
Los Angeles and ELIZABETH MCNEIL in New York City
© 2003/PEOPLE Magazine
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