NSFW: Madonna goes topless, talks drugs and death for Interview magazine

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US pop diva Madonna sits among Malawian children during a visit to the Mkoko Primary School, one of the schools Madonna's Raising Malawi organization has built jointly with US organization BuildOn in the Kasungu District, Central Malawi, on November 30, 2014. Madonna met Malawi's new president on November 28 after her VIP status was restored in the country where she adopted two children but then fell foul of the former government. Madonna has adopted two children from the country, which officially has more than a million orphans and vulnerable children. AFP PHOTO/AMOS GUMULIRA (Photo credit should read AMOS GUMULIRA/AFP/Getty Images)
US star Madonna (L) walks out with Dr. Eric Borgstein(R) after visiting the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) on November 27, 2014 where he launched a new project with Ministry of Health to construct a pediatric surgery and intensive care unit at the hospital in Blantyre. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Editor in Chief WSJ. Magazine Kristina O'Neill, dancer Charles 'Lil Buck' Riley and Madonna attend WSJ. Magazine 2014 Innovator Awards at Museum of Modern Art on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: (Exclusive Coverage) Kanye West, Madonna and Riccardo Tisci attend Keep A Child Alive's 11th Annual Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Child2014/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Madonna speaks at WSJ. Magazine 2014 Innovator Awards at Museum of Modern Art on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: (Exclusive Coverage) Madonna attends Keep A Child Alive's 11th Annual Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Child2014/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer Madonna and son David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie arrive at the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer Madonna and son David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie arrive at the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Rapper Macklemore, singer Mary Lambert and singer Madonna perform onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer Madonna performs onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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You can always count on Madonna to push the boundaries.

The 56-year-old Material Girl stars in one of her steamiest photo shoots to date for the new cover of Interview magazine, posing in lingerie, thigh-highs and going completely topless in one shot by famed fashion photographers Marcus Piggott and Mert Alas.



Credit: Mert Alas/ Marcus Piggott/ Interview Magazine

Madonna is interviewed by magician David Blaine for the magazine, in which she talks about her obsession with death, her spirituality and her own personal experiences with drugs.

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Talking about her mother, Madonna Louise Ciccone, who passed away when Madonna was only 5 years old, the singer says she's just one of the driving forces behind her work ethic.

"I became very obsessed with death, and the idea that you never know when death will arrive, so one has to do as much as possible all the time to get the most out of life," she says. "And death was a big part of my life growing up. I went to lots of funerals."

As morbid as that may seem, now, she counts her mother as one of her "angels" when talking about her spiritual side.

"The ritual of prayer isn't a religious thing as much as it is having a ritualistic moment to acknowledge things and not take things for granted," she says about setting aside time specifically for prayer. "For instance: the fact that you wake up and there's air in your lungs; the fact that you have a job to do; the fact that you have friends; the fact that you have your health. You're going to do something that's going to bring you joy. We take these things for granted. And, you know, I think it's important to call angels to you to protect you."

Madonna opens up about her highly anticipated forthcoming album in the new interview, specifically about the song "Devil Prays," which she says is about how people take drugs to "connect to God or to a higher level of consciousness."

But when it comes to her own personal drug use, Madonna admits she's "tried everything once," but almost immediately, didn't like the feeling.

" ... That's the illusion of drugs, because they give you the illusion of getting closer to God, but ultimately they kill you," she says. "They destroy you. I mean, I tried everything once, but as soon as I was high, I spent my time drinking tons of water to get it out of my system. As soon as I was high, I was obsessed with flushing it out of me. I was like, 'Okay, I'm done now.'"

Madonna also reveals she's mostly "sad" when writing new material.

"It's okay, because I'm sad most of the time, so we're good," she shares. "Not sad, but upset about something. ... Suffering is a big informer, a big catalyst for creation. You take your sadness, your despair, your sense of injustice, and you put it in your work."

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In January, ET caught up with a proud Madonna and her adorable son David, who made his red-carpet debut at this year's Grammy Awards.

Watch the sweet moment below:

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