Seven-time Grammy Award-winner Madonna, born Madonna Louise Ciccone, marked World AIDS Day by leading tributes to her late friends passed away due to HIV related diseases, including legendary pop artist Keith Haring, famous b&w photographer Herb Ritts, her best friend and roommate Martin Burgoyne, architect David Collins, and ballet teacher Christopher Flynn.
“Queen of Pop” submitted her 1991 dated speech, she made for The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) fundraise just after she had been accused of being HIV positive by multiple news outlets just for she is a courageous spokesman and activist who helps raise awareness for AIDS epidemic that was quickly increasing in the middle of the 80s. In 1991, Madonna said:
“I am not HIV+. But what if I were? I would be more afraid about how society would treat me for having the disease than the actual disease itself. What they’re facing is real. And if we can learn to deal with real and we can learn to deal with our fears then I’m hopeful that we can conquer this disease.”
The legendary singer captioned the video with a message full of hope. She wrote that with the help of detailed medical researches over a decade and anti-retroviral drugs, HIV positive is not a death sentence anymore. Referring to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, she reminded her fans and followers that the world is in the midst of another global pandemic. Madonna continued to say:
“Because it is Worlds AIDS Day—to share a portion of the speech I made to pay homage to the beloved friends that I lost but also to millions of people who died and continue to die because of this devastating. Disease.”
The ‘Like a Virgin’ hitmaker concluded her message by encouraging people not to give up the fight and remembering her late fellows, who personally inspired her.
As known, the singer, who lost her many friends due to AIDS, wrote a ballad, titled ‘In This Life,’ in 1992 for Martin Burgoyne, who passed away in 1986. After 6 years, in 1998, Madonna penned another song, ‘Drowned World/Substitute‘ for David Collins, who died in 2003.
See below to view Madonna’s Instagram post.