"I kept waiting for something exciting and crazy to happen," the singer said

By Jeff Nelson
Updated February 14, 2015 10:00 AM
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Don’t expect to see Madonna waiting in line to get tickets for Fifty Shades of Grey this weekend. Why? She wasn’t too impressed with book – and she found one part particularly disappointing.

“It’s not very sexy,” the pop icon, 56, told Billboard when she sat down to talk about her upcoming album, Rebel Heart, due Mar. 10.

She added, though, that it might appeal to a certain subset of people: “Maybe for someone who has never had sex before,” she explained. “I kept waiting for something exciting and crazy to happen in that red room thing, and I was like, ‘Hmm, a lot of spanking.’ ”

The “Living For Love” singer, who’s built and sustained a 30-plus-year career on owning her sexuality and pushing the envelope, found that some of the erotic novel’s, er, plotlines didn’t seem believable.

“I also thought, ‘This is so unrealistic because no guy goes down on a girl that much,'” she critiqued before going on to say that “Sex is a wonderful, necessary part of life. ”

The pop provocateur, who performed at the Grammys Sunday, told Billboard that she’s proud to empower other women to own their sexuality, too.

“I continue to express myself – my sexuality – in my 50s, even though that’s also considered taboo, and I get a lot of s— for it,” she said. “But in 20 years, Miley Cyrus probably won’t get s— for it. Then, it’ll be like, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s nothing new.’ ”

One thing that is new for the singer? Her views on the Catholic church – and more specifically, the pope. (Madonna has a history of clashing with the church.)

“I feel like this new pope is kind of groovy,” she said of Pope Francis (aka “the people’s Pope, ” dubbed that for his progressive stance on a number of issues). “And I think we might be able to get together and have a chat about sex.”