Madonna has spoken about how social media makes her “compare herself to others” and leaves her feeling “bad”.

During a candid interview, the music legend opened up about being judged, saying: “You get caught up in comparing yourself to others. I think Instagram is made to make you feel bad. People are really a slave to winning people’s approvals.” 

With an incredible 14 million followers on the social media platform, it’s no wonder the singer feels the pressure. In comparison, the 60-year-old revealed that during the ’80s, she had the opportunity to grow within herself.

“I was lucky enough to have a life as an artist before the phone and Instagram and social media,” she said. “I did have that time to develop as an artist and a human without feeling the pressure of judgment of other people or comparing myself to other people.” 

Madonna also encouraged Lourdes Leon, her eldest daughter who is embarking on a dance career, to stop focusing on her appearance. 

She explained: “I say to my daughter, ‘You weren’t put on this earth to be me, you were put on this earth to be you. You be you. And use your platform and who you are to be a good role model for other young women your age. Stop being so consumed with the way you look or how people are going to compare you to me.'”

The interview comes as Madonna prepares to release her 14th album Madame X. She also appeared on the Graham Norton Show to discuss the new music as well as life with her six children: Lourdes, Rocco, David, Mercy, and twins Estere and Stelle. 

She confessed their lives would be “less challenging” if she wasn’t their parent. “I think they wish I wasn’t Madonna,” she said. “I think it would be less challenging, in their minds, if they didn’t have me as their mother.” 

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