Madonna Speaks Out on NBC
Speaking of her adoption on her interview airing Wednesday and Thursday on NBC News’ “Today” show and Wednesday on “Dateline NBC,” Madonna told the network’s journalist Meredith Vieira that she wants “to be part of the solution.”
Madonna talked in detail about her controversial adoption of the 1-year-old boy from Malawi, and also about her recent concert tour, and the continued scrutiny over her religious beliefs.
Here are a few excerpts of the interview airing on “Today,” Wednesday, November 1 and Thursday, November 2 (7-10 a.m. ET/PT), and in a primetime exclusive on “Dateline NBC,” Wednesday, Nov. 1 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT).
• Madonna not regretting her decision to adopt
Meredith Viera: “Had you known what was going to happen then, would you have still said I’m going to take my chances and go to Malawi?”
Madonna: “That’s a good question. I don’t know. I mean, if you would have asked me a week ago when I was in the depths of my depression, and just feeling so sad about the state of the world and how negative everybody was, I’d probably have said “no”. But if you ask me today, I would say “yes”, because you know, whenever you’re in your dark moment, you just think “I can’t take it”.
And then, you get out of bed. And then you think, I can take it. So today, I would say yes.”
• Why Madonna thinks the story got convoluted
“Well, because people don’t know. You know, people, they make uneducated decisions and they jump to conclusions. And then a story has a life of its own.”
• On being vilified
“With all the chaos, pain and suffering in the world, the fact that my adoption of a child who was living in an orphanage, you know, was the number one story for a week in the world.
To me, that says more about what our inability to focus on the real problems. And our desire to have distractions and to be consumed with people’s personal lives and gossip.”
Credit: Today and Dateline NBC.