In 1995, around the release of her ballads collection, Something To Remember, and ahead of filming Evita, Madonna sat down with Forrest Sawyer on ABC’s Primetime Live and gave one her best interviews ever. Rarely has she been so unguarded (and expansive) in her responses. All credit to Sawyer for the easy rapport he was able to build with Madonna.
I hadn’t seen this interview in years and after rediscovering it a few months ago, I saved it to share today, on Mother’s Day, for two reasons. First, Madonna discusses how her mother’s death when she was five years old has affected every decision she’s made. After asking if Sawyer’s parents are still alive and learning that he calls his mother all the time, Madonna responds with heartbreaking honesty:
“I am constantly in these situations where I’m completely frustrated and absolutely no one can come to my rescue and make me feel better. And I always say, ‘God, I wish I had a mother that I could call,’ and… I don’t.”
Second, Madonna talks about her absolute desire for motherhood, even suggesting that she might adopt a baby or two someday. Prescient!
Of course, Madonna now has quite the brood herself. A year after this interview, she gave birth to her daughter Lourdes, fathered by her then-personal trainer Carlos Leon. In August 2000, she and director Guy Ritchie had a son, Rocco, marrying that December. Six years later, the couple adopted their son David Banda from Malawi, where Madonna had been concentrating her charity efforts. After divorcing Ritchie in December 2008, Madonna adopted a second child from Malawi, a daughter, Mercy James.
Happy Mother’s Day, Madonna. And if you have a mom you can call today, be sure to make some time to do just that.