Madonna has nearly 14 million followers on Instagram, and has used it extensively to share everything from family photos to announcements about new projects, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she’s a fan of the social media platform.
In an interview with The Sun, the 60-year-old pop icon offered a harsh assessment of Instagram.
“You get caught up in comparing yourself to other people. Should I be like that, act like that, look like that? Will that make me more popular, or more successful?” she said.
“I think Instagram is made to make you feel bad,” she continued. “People are really a slave to winning people’s approvals.”
In fact, she feels fortunate that her rise to stardom took place in an era before social media.
“I was lucky enough to have a life as an artist before the phone and Instagram and social media because 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,” she added, going on to share her belief that social media “runs people’s lives.”
“I feel bad for young people who haven’t had the opportunity to develop their character and who they want to be,” she added, pointing out that social media makes it more difficult for artists to “stick to your guns and be who you are.”
In the interview, Madonna also revealed she briefly flirted with running for president, but quickly disabused herself of that notion.
“The thought went through my mind in a second and then went out,” she said. “I can’t imagine a worse job — I mean, everyone just hates you as soon as you step into the White House.”
Asked whether she’d do a better job as POTUS than Donald Trump, she said: “I think so, yeah. But, I mean, gosh, look at Barack Obama, it’s a job that ages you.”
She added: “Can you imagine if I was president? And I have OCD. I’d be trying to figure out every problem every night. I’d have to sleep with one of those lights with changing colours over my bed.”
Meanwhile, Madonna’s Instagram account was the topic of discussion during her recent appearance on BBC’s “The Graham Norton Show” — watch: