In a time punctuated by women’s marches, “the future is female” chants, and equal pay demands, Sharon Stone is making it known that she is not here for anyone’s woman-vs.-woman nonsense. After an auction block leaked Madonna’s private letters from the early ’90s, in which she had some less-than-flattering things to say about the actress, Stone immediately stomped out any attempts to turn the situation into a feud.
Rather than jab back at the “Material Girl” singer, the Agent X star reacted to the letters with deep care and understanding in a new Instagram post. She started by calling the publication of the letters “absurd” and assuring Madonna, “Know that I am your friend.”
Stone then admitted that she, too, has struggled with the same self-doubt the Queen of Pop alluded to in the letters. “I have wished to be a rock star in some private moments… have felt as mediocre as you described,” she wrote. “We know, as only those who have survived so long that owning our own mediocrity is the only way to own our own strengths; to become all that we both have become.”
She ended the note by reinforcing that she is on Madonna’s side, no matter what. “I love and adore you; won’t be pitted against you by any invasion of our personal journeys,” Stone vowed.
And that is how women can support other women.
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