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02/02/2012 01:29 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Madonna Talks Gay Fans, Lady Gaga, 'W.E.' And More In 'The Advocate' Interview

If you're feeling a bit of Madonna fatigue this week, that's totally understandable.

The queen of pop has been everywhere lately -- from promoting the release of her upcoming film 'W.E.', to labeling Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" as a "reductive" version of her "Express Yourself" single to chatting with Jay Leno -- and it's only going to get more intense in the next few months.

First, she'll perform at the Super Bowl on Sunday and then she'll begin to promote her upcoming album "M.D.N.A.," due out in March, with a world tour to follow later this year.

And don't forget about the onslaught of press she'll be doing. Soon you won't be able to pass by a grocery store checkout lane without seeing her face (not that we're complaining).

One of the first of those cover stories, an interview with Ari Karpel for The Advocate, hit the Internet today.

The gay magazine takes an intriguing look at Madonna's 30-year career with a special emphasis on her relationship with her gay fans -- some of which have felt abandoned in recent years:

"I never left them," insists Madonna, echoing a lyric from "Evita." "When you're single, you certainly have more time to socialize and hang out with your gay friends, but then you get married and you have a husband and you have children, and your husband wants you to spend time with him. I'm not married anymore, but I have four kids, and I don't have a lot of time for socializing... I hope nobody's taking that personally. It certainly was not a conscious decision. As it stands, most of my friends in England are gay. But I'm back," she says, adding reassuringly, "Never fear."

She also offers a bit more about Lady Gaga:

"I can see why she has a young gay following. I can see that they connect to her kind of not fitting into the conventional norm. I mean, she's not Britney Spears. She's not built like a brick shithouse. She seems to have had a challenging upbringing, and so I can see where she would also have that kind of connection, a symbiotic relationship with gay men."

To read the full interview, visit The Advocate.

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