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Before there was Queen Bey, there was a Queen of Pop; and Madonna doesn’t want you to forget that.

After releasing two new tracks on Black Friday, Madonna is the new cover star of Interview magazine’s Art Issue – and the spread is bound to have people talking.

Yes, that’s Madonna topless. At 56 years old. Clearly, age ain’t nothing but a number for this timeless beauty.

In addition to the eye-catching photos shot by David Blaine, Madonna also talks about everything from drugs to failure. Check out some excerpts from the interview below. That is, if you can peel your eyes away from the pictures.

On the human spirit:

“We’re all good intrinsically, just covered sometimes in filth and darkness, and our job is to get rid of it, to peel back the layers and reveal our goodness.”

On death:

“I became very obsessed with death, and the idea that you never know when death will arrive, so one has to do as much as possible all the time to get the most out of life.”

On failing:

“I’m not saying I’m great at failing, but if you’re an artist and you’re in the learning process, you accept that you’re going to suck at things.”

On creative people:

“I was attracted to creative people. You don’t want to be the smartest person in the room; you want to be the dumbest in the room.”

On drug use:

“It’s about how people take drugs to connect to God or to a higher level of consciousness. I keep saying ‘Plugging into the matrix.’ If you get high, you can do that, which is why a lot of people drop acid or do drugs, because they want to get closer to God. But there’s going to be a short circuit, and that’s the illusion of drugs, because they give you the illusion of getting closer to God, but ultimately they kill you.

“I mean, I tried everything once, but as soon as I was high, I spent my time drinking tons of water to get it out of my system. As soon as I was high, I was obsessed with flushing it out of me. I was like, OK, I’m done now.”

To read the entire interview, click over to Interview. The issue comes out on stands December 9.

PHOTO CREDIT & SOURCE: Interview

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