Madonna’s loneliness in England led to research for ‘W.E.’

Washington: Madonna has said that after moving to England, she found herself friendless and started researching British history, and that is how she got inspired to make the movie ‘W.E.’

The Material Girl makes her directorial debut with the period piece, which is based on the romance between British monarch King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson, whose relationship forced the royal to abdicate the throne in 1936.

The star admits she felt lonely when she first moved to Britain after she met now ex-husband Guy Ritchie, and used her spare time to find out more about the country’s past.

“I really didn’t have any friends, I didn’t know anybody, and I found myself in a strange world so I decided that I was going to educate myself and find out about the history and culture of this new world that I lived in,” she was quoted as saying.

“I’d heard about Edward VIII abdicating when I was in school. I knew that he had given up the throne for this American woman from Baltimore and that was it.

“I researched it more and I was kind of transfixed by the idea that a man would give up such a powerful position for love. I felt that there was something kind of Shakespearean about it,” she said.


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