BBC Home
Explore the BBC
BBC News
Launch consoleBBC NEWS CHANNEL
Last Updated: Friday, 16 February 2007, 17:29 GMT
Madonna 'wants to be like Gandhi'
Madonna adopted a child when she visited Malawi
Pop star Madonna has said she "wants to be like Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and John Lennon".

The 48-year-old made the statement on US radio station Sirius - but added she wanted to "stay alive".

"For me, the best thing in the world is to see something or hear something and go: 'Damn, I wish I did that. That's inspiring,'" she added.

The Material Girl also defended her controversial crucifixion scene in last year's Confessions tour.

"We all need to be Jesus," she said.

'Powerful image'

The show featured video messages of Aids orphans in Africa.

"Jesus's message was to love your neighbour as yourself and these are people in need," she added, claiming it had not been her intention to be controversial.

"I tried to take a powerful image and use it to draw attention to a situation that needs attention," she said.

"I'd like to think I am taking people on a journey... I am not just entertaining people, but giving them something to think about when they leave."

Madonna calls for more adoption
12 Jan 07 |  Entertainment
Madonna criticised over fur coat
08 Dec 06 |  Entertainment
Rights groups to monitor Madonna
01 Dec 06 |  Entertainment
NBC cuts Madonna 'crucifixion'
20 Oct 06 |  Entertainment
Madonna defends gig 'crucifixion'
22 Sep 06 |  Entertainment
Madonna world tour 'sets record'
21 Sep 06 |  Entertainment

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific