Enduring pop star Madonna has linked with Colombian reggaeton star Maluma on a video for “Medellín,” the lead single from her upcoming album, Madame X.
Directed by Diana Kunst and Mau Morgó, the video taps into Madonna’s Catholic upbringing with an intro showing her in a church praying.
“Dear God,” she says in the minute-long intro. “How could I trust anyone after years of disappointment and betrayal? How could I not want to run away again and again? Escape. I will never be what society expects me to be. I have seen too much. I cannot turn back. I have been kidnapped, tortured, humiliated and abused. But I still have hope. I still believe in the goodness of humans. Thank god for nature. For the angels that surround me. For the spirit of my mother who is always protecting me. From now on, I am Madame X. And Madame X loves to dance, because you can’t hit a moving target.”
In the visual, an eye-patch-wearing Madonna and Maluma ride horses, dance, drink champagne in bed and celebrate with a lavish wedding and feast.
Madonna and Maluma will perform “Medellín” live at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. The show airs live from Las Vegas on May 1, 2019 at 8:00 PM EST on NBC.
Check out the visual below.