Madonna has told Ellen DeGeneres that she would not have a career without the support of the gay community.

The pop icon made an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show via satellite on Tuesday to talk to DeGeneres about the recent spate of suicides by gay teens related to homophobic bullying in the US.

“I know a number of people have spoken out about it but I feel like I need to say something. The gay community has been incredibly supportive of me. I wouldn’t have a career if it weren’t for the gay community,” said Madonna.

She added: “The concept that we are torturing teenagers because they are gay… It’s unfathomable. It’s like lynching black people or Hitler exterminating Jews. Sorry if I’m going on a rampage right now but this is America. The land of the free and the home of the brave.”

Madonna went on to talk about her own childhood saying that she could “relate to the idea of feeling isolated and alienated. I was incredibly lonely as a child, as a teenager”.

“It wasn’t until my ballet teacher, who was also gay, took me under his wing and introduced me to a community of artists of other unique individuals who told me it was good and okay to be different and brought me to my first gay disco and ironically made me feel I was part of the world and it was okay to be different.”

Madonna told DeGeneres that she is currently editing her film WE and that when she is finished she will get her “butt in the studio and make some more music”.

Watch the interview below.

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