- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Pop icon Madonna revealed in a new interview that the leaking of songs off her 2015 album “Rebel Heart” made her feel “raped.”

More than a dozen unfinished songs from “Rebel Heart” leaked months ahead of its 2015 release after Madonna’s computer was hacked, prompting her to prematurely release a handful of finished songs on iTunes. At the time, Madonna called the hack “artistic rape” and said she was forced to update the security on her personal devices.

Now, the 60-year-old singer is sticking with that vivid imagery, telling The New York Times in an interview published Wednesday that she felt violated and that it took her “a while” to regain her desire to play music again.

“There are no words to describe how devastated I was,” Madonna said. “It took me a while to recover, and put such a bad taste in my mouth I wasn’t really interested in making music.”

“I felt raped,” she added.

The Times’ Vanessa Grigoriadis noted in her piece that she didn’t feel comfortable enough during her interview with Madonna to explain that “women these days were trying not to use that word metaphorically.”

Notably, the singer is an actual rape survivor.

During an interview with Howard Stern in 2015, she revealed that she was sexually assaulted by a stranger when she was 19.

Madonna’s 14th studio album, “Madame X,” is set to release June 14.

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