Madonna In Harper's Bazaar: 'Straight Men Did Not Find Me Attractive'

11/11/2011 12:45 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

She's been one of the world's biggest gay icons for three decades, but Madonna reveals that she had more trouble appealing to the other side while growing up in Michigan.

"Straight men did not find me attractive," the Material Girl, 53, tells writer Naomi Wolf in the December issue of Harper's Bazaar. "I think they were scared of me because I was different. I've always asked, 'Why? Why do I have to do that? Why do I have to look this way? Why do I have to dress this way? Why do I have to behave this way?'"

The Queen of Pop also dishes on her 24-year-old French dancer boyfriend Brahim Zaibat. Though the relationship has raised more than a few eyebrows, Madonna insists her four children "respect" Zaibat: "It's also important that my children admire and respect this partner that I would choose for myself. Especially for my sons, who have their father [ex-husband Guy Ritchie], but they need a male role model as well. So I need to keep this in mind: What is this person modeling to my sons, what kind of man is he, what values does he have, what energy is he giving off? Because they are impressionable."

Madonna has been in the headlines frequently as of late. Her new movie, "W.E.," is due for release next month, and she was said to be "very upset" over the premature leak of a studio demo from her upcoming album, set to drop in the spring.

Read the full interview with Madonna in the December issue of Harper's Bazaar, on newsstands Nov. 29.

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