Mert Alas & Marcus PiggottIn a new cover story, Billboard‘s Woman of the Year, Madonna, expresses her sadness about the presidential election, especially in light of the fact that so many women voted for Donald Trump.

“It felt like someone died,” she says of her post-election emotions. “It felt like a ­combination of the heartbreak and betrayal you feel when someone you love more than anything leaves you,” adding, “Women betrayed us.”

Asked why women supported Trump, Madonna says, “Women hate women…Women’s nature is not to support other women. It’s really sad. Men protect each other, and women protect their men and children.”

She adds, “Other people just didn’t bother to vote because they didn’t like either candidate, or they didn’t think Trump had a chance in the world. They took their hands off the wheel and then the car crashed.”

As for what she plans to do about it, Madonna tells Billboard, “I’m trying to figure out my response…I like the idea that women are marching on Washington, D.C., the day after the inauguration. I want to rain on his parade.”

The Queen of Pop also discusses how she stays relevant in today’s music scene.

“I don’t ever think about my age until someone says something about it. I feel that I have wisdom, experience, knowledge and a point of view that is important,” she tells Billboard. “…Age is only brought up with regard to women. It’s connected to sexism, chauvinism and misogyny.”

She continues, “When Leonardo [DiCaprio] is 60 years old, no one is going to talk about his relevance. Am I relevant as a female in this society that hates women? Well, to people who are…not chauvinists or ­misogynists, yes.”

Madonna will be celebrated as Billboard‘s Women of the Year at a gala event this Friday in New York City.

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