Madonna's Latest Transformation: Crusading Filmmaker

All the while Madonna still tends to the needs of other children in Malawi by providing health care, housing and education for several of the children in the film.

"I feel responsible for all those children in the film and for all those children that didn't make it into the film. I promise you if the government didn't make it so hard I would have brought a truckload of them home with me. I hope that through his film, people will be inspired to do the same."

'I Feel Very Blessed'

When we talked Tuesday night the documentary's debut the next night was very much on her mind. She said she was nervous because "I want to make a difference and I want people to like the movie and feel moved by it."

Madonna also talked about her new album, "Hard Candy," which debuted at number one in 37 countries around the world and broke a record along the way. Madonna now has more number one hits than Elvis Presley says she also still gets nervous when a record comes out, and that she doesn't "rest on her laurels."

Madonna recorded her latest record "Hard Candy" with Justin Timberlake, Pharell Williams and Timbaland — who she calls "divas in their own right" — because she wanted to challenge herself.

"We all had our hiccups where we jockeyed for positions and we tried to get to know each other, because songwriting is a very intimate experience. I would say there were a few uncomfortable moments. …With Pharell, he actually made me cry. I've never told anyone that before.

"I think I was just having a bad day," she said. "You know when you're not fine. You know sometimes when you just burst into tears for no reason?"

She says that the two "had it out, and now I love him. And we made great music together. But I think we had to go through that."

Madonna's new tour is already selling out. "I love performing," she said, adding that the first two weeks and the last two weeks are always the best. "It's like a piece of gum when you first put it in your mouth. It's so good. But when you spit it out, you're so relieved to get rid of it. It's killing your jaw."

The woman who says she savors beginnings and endings is also enjoying this time of her life.

"I feel good about everything that's going on in my life. I feel very blessed. I have an amazing family. I'm excited about my documentary, about the film I directed, about my album. I have amazing friends. What's not to be happy about?"

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