Madonna has said she wasn't properly prepared for the intense pressure that came her way at the start of her career.

The 60-year-old pop star recalls her first gig on the Virgin tour in Seattle and admits her meteoric rise to fame took her ''breath away''.

Speaking to the Guardian, she said: ''It took my breath away. I can't begin to tell you.

''I remember the first concert I did on the Virgin tour in Seattle when everything became big and I had no way of being prepared for it.

"It literally sucked the life out of me, sucked the air out of my lungs when I walked on stage.''

The Like a Prayer hitmaker revealed she had ''an out-of-body experience'' as her life and career were suddenly transformed, but said over time she has learned to cope with the pressures of fame.

''Not a bad feeling, not an out-of-control feeling, but an otherworldly feeling that nothing could prepare you for. I mean, eventually you get used to it.''

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Madonna’s 14th studio album Madame X was released on June 14. In April she released the first track Medellín featuring Colombian singer Maluma.

According to a press release from her record label, Madame X was Influenced creatively by Madonna’s life in Lisbon, Portugal over the past several years.

The album features 15 new songs that celebrate Madonna’s career-long affair with Latin music and culture as well as other global influences. 

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