Elton John, Madonna's Public Smackdown

She's never been afraid to "Express Herself," and Madonna opens up about Lady Gaga.
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Let's just say it's been an eventful summer for the queen of pop. She's on a wildly successful global concert tour. She just received a public lashing from elton john. And now, madonna's involved in a controversy with the russian government, after expressing support for the all-girl band jailed for performing an anti-putin song. But madonna's never shied away from expressing herself, as "nightline" archer cynthia McFADDEN DISCOVERED A FEW MONTHS Ago. Reporter: Madonna has been all over the world. A nipple, and in rome, all part of the tour. Such antics go with the territory. That was clear the last time i sat down to talk with her with a stack of viewer questions. Of all these, there's one question that blew up the internet. Do you have any idea what it is? I don't know. Reporter: They want to know what you think about lady gaga. Lady gaga has admitted being influenced by madonna. ♪ I'm on the right track baby i was born this way ♪ Reporter: But when "born this way" sounded a little more than similar to "express yourself" ♪ some wondered if influence was plain out copying. It feels reductive. Reporter: Is that good? Look it up. Reporter: We did. It means simplified or crude. Her answer set off a firestorm. She's -- her career's over. Reporter: Elton john's been on her case ever since. Most recently on australian television on a program called "sunday night." She looks like a fairground Reporter: Madonna tried to prove her point with her known mashup as part of her mda tour. She's expressed herself all the way to the bank. Her tour is reported to be the highest grossing tour of all times. You heard me, all times. Sure doesn't sound like her career's over. In fact, it's been a very busy year for madonna. In january, the super bowl. ♪ Reporter: The academy awards. But her love life is seasonless. Her current romance, 20 something dancer. I didn't write down on a piece of paper, I'm now going to have a relationship with a younger man. I just met someone I care for. And that just happens to be his age. Reporter: And what's appealing about it? I don't feel comfortable with this conversation, but, you know, I don't want to live my life on my own. I love being a mother. My children fill me up in many ways. And inspire me in many ways, but I need a partner in life. I've never really lived a conventional life, so I think it's quite foolish for me or anyone else to start thinking that I'm going to start making conventional choices. Reporter: So how are things work ought with a man half her age. I'm the easy one. Reporter: Are you the easy one? No, I don't know. I mean, I go home. I wash my face. And I put on my sweat pants. And I lay down on the bed and i say, oh, please rub my feet. And he says, no, you rub my feet. So, you know, behind the curtain, I'm just like everybody else. Reporter: Everybody else -- But over, don't count on it. For "nightline," I'm cynthia McFADDEN IN NEW YORK.

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