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Our 10 Favorite Answers From Madonna's Reddit AMA

Singer talks about phallic gifts and dreams of Brad Pitt

Madonna performs in Indianapolis.
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September 17, 2013 9:35 AM ET

Few names in pop culture carry more weight than Madonna's. Her career has spanned decades on the leading edge of pop music and technology and has taken her around the world many times over. For such a high-profile artist, Madonna has always managed to remain relatively private, though she's letting the veil slip somewhat with what she says is a short autobiographical article in an upcoming issue of Harper's Bazaar and is set to reveal the details of a new "secret project" next week. 

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Yesterday, Madonna gave fans the rare opportunity to ask her (almost) anything as part of a Reddit AMA. Here are our 10 favorite responses.

She has some simple advice for her 20-year-old self: "Don't take any of this personally." 

Superstars wish they had superpowers: "[I would] clone myself, get more done that way [I could] sleep more, work more."

She admires painter Frida Kahlo: "She was the subject of her art all of her work is a self portrait and yet she shared universal stories and feelings by sharing her personal story also she was a freedom fighter and she lived a controversial life and was a survivor so i admire her life story and art the way she lived her life as well as her art."

She's received some risque gifts: "I got a bong in the shape of a penis."

It doesn't bother her that people don't always understand her: "I don't explain everything nor do I feel the need to."

Some advice for women: "Don't give to a man what he doesn't give to you first."

She doesn't think she'd be anywhere without her fans: "We exist because of one another, so it's a circuitry. It's totally reciprocated." 

She makes faux pas like other humans: "I went on stage and said hello to the wrong city. Sleep deprivation."

Brad Pitt is in her dreams: "Brad Pitt and I were living together and there was a small blonde child in the bed. Sorry Angelina, it was only a dream."

She wants to work with Daft Punk: "Just waiting for them to return my call"

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