Because of the recent spate of teen suicides related to bullying, Madonna spoke out on the topic on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that airs today (November 9). She also shared how she is talking to her own kids about the issue.
“I’m incredibly disturbed and saddened by the overwhelming number of teen suicides that have been reported lately because of bullying,” the singer said via satellite. “To hear that teenagers are taking their lives because they are being bullied in schools and dormitories, what have you, is kind of unfathomable.”
Madonna said she is teaching her kids – Lourdes, 14, Rocco, 10, David, 5 and Mercy, 4 – about the importance of accepting people as they are. “We talk a lot about the importance of not judging people who are different,” she said. “Not judging people who don’t fit into our expected view of what’s cool and what isn’t. Think about it across the board.”
“If you want to talk about solutions or how can we solve this problem, try to get through the day each and everyone of us without gossiping about somebody,” she advised. “And not only that. Not even listening to gossip. Walking away from it. Can you imagine what your day would be like? How much more free time you’d have? I also feel like you’d feel about better about yourself.”