Image credit: Mert & MarcusMadonna is the cover girl on the new issue of Interview magazine, and inside, she poses topless, and in a variety of sexy lingerie. Interviewed by her friend, magician David Blaine, the Queen of Pop surprises with some of her comments about drugs, her need for silence and what she’d want to do if she wasn’t a global pop icon.

During Blaine’s interview, he passes along a question from actor Ed Norton, which is, “Is there an alternative path to the life you chose that you think would have made you happy?” Madonna replies, “Being a schoolteacher.” When Blaine says he thinks it’s the “most important profession that exists,” Madonna says, “I agree.” The interview was conducted before her return from the African nation of Malawi, where she’s been involved in the construction of a number of schools.

Asked what she would do if she woke up one day and music “meant nothing” to her, Madonna tells Blaine, “That’s impossible. But I’d find something else that had meaning. That’s the kind of girl I am. I’d just find something else.”

Blaine, who once spent 44 days encased in a box, also asked Madonna is she could picture herself being completely isolated, all alone, with nobody to talk to for a day.

Noting that she’s never done it, Madonna says, “I’d really enjoy it at this point in my life…stillness and quiet, because I feel like people are always talking to me, at me, asking things, questioning me, wanting information, work, music, loud noises, children — it’s endless. So the idea of a whole day of silence sounds very seductive to me.”

She adds, “When I come home from work in the studio, I just want silence. I don’t want to talk to anybody. I don’t want to answer any questions.”

Blaine mentions the title of one of the songs on Madonna’s upcoming album, called “Devil Prays,” and asks her if it’s about taking drugs. She replies, “No, it’s about how people take drugs to connect to God or to a higher level of consciousness…that’s the illusion of drugs, because they give you the illusion of getting closer to God, but ultimately they kill you. They destroy you.”

She adds, “I mean, I tried everything once, but as soon as I was high, I spent my time drinking tons of water to get it out of my system. As soon as I was high, I was obsessed with flushing it out of me.”

Oh, and by the way, if you want to know what physical feature of a man Madonna enjoys most, her answer is, “Eyes, and then hands.”

You can read the entire chat with Madonna over at Interview magazine’s website.

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