- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 30, 2020

Coronavirus lockdown may have pushed Madonna over the borderline.

The 80s pop icon revealed Thursday that she has tested positive for exposure to the virus, causing her to muse aloud in a rambling Instagram post about papers catching fire and whether she would live to tell.

Madonna revealed the diagnosis in an installment of what she is calling her “quarantine diaries” and described her plans.

“Took a test the other day,” she said. “And I found out that I have the antibodies, so tomorrow, I’m just going to go for a long drive in a car, and I’m going to roll down the window, and I’m going to breathe in, I’m going to breathe in the COVID-19 air.”

The 61-year-old singer engaged in some lengthy navel-gazing about her isolation.

“I think it’s quite significant that the paper I’m typing on just caught on fire and consumed my paper,” she said while at a typewriter. “I am so confused in my own confusion, so bewildered in my incapacity to express my disappointment, so unwilling to fight with people I have been in quarantine with, because I know the futility of it.”

Madonna, known for decades of tabloid-selling public behavior, also said that she wants to be more accepted by others while also not caring about others’ expectations.

“I want to taste the satisfaction of being known, of being understood. It amazes me that we care so much about what people think or winning people’s favor or being right in an argument. … I want to be released from the bondage of giving a f—.”

This isn’t the first time during the coronavirus pandemic that the singer has raised eyebrows.

Last month, she called the coronavirus “the great equalizer” while soaking naked in a bathtub filled with rose petals, prompting considerable social-media backlash for privileged tone-deafness.

• Victor Morton can be reached at vmorton@washingtontimes.com.

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