The first album I owned

Madonna – ‘The Immaculate Collection’

“I was basically birthed loving Madonna because my sister Heather, who’s seven years older than me, was a huge Madonna fan. This was her first greatest hits album and I was probably only five or six when it came out, but I can remember we played the shit out of it. Really, Madonna’s been the soundtrack of my life for as long as I can remember.”

The song I can no longer listen to

Lady Gaga – ‘Born This Way’

“I mean, I hear so many of the same songs over and over again because I perform all over the world and queens do the same numbers everywhere, but ‘Born This Way’ I could probably stand without hearing again – especially because it’s so contrived. I feel like she didn’t get much shit [about the song] to begin with, except from Madonna fans, so maybe that’s why I feel the way I feel about it. But you know, I’ve been hearing it in every gay bar all over the world and at every Pride event for so long now – anything that’s trying to be inclusive to the LGBTQ community, it’s always ‘Born This Way’ they’re amping.”

The album that saved my life

Madonna – ‘Ray Of Light’

“I would say that this album saved my life. My dad had a mid-life crisis and moved us from Arizona to this tiny town in North Carolina and it was the first time I was made aware of racism and bigotry and stuff like that, and I got bullied for being different. This was all happening at the time the album came out, so of course being a huge Madonna fan I bought the album – it was basically the only thing that kept me going. There were multiple suicide attempts in that time, but this album was the only thing that kept me out of that negative head space and focused on positivity. I think ‘Ray Of Light’ was a precursor to me owning my sexuality and owning my individualism and trying to work through that.”

Full article at NME