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Sandra Bernhard says Madonna’s ‘relationships don’t last’

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Sandra Bernhard says Madonna’s relationships ‘don’t last’ as she opens up about the mysterious demise of their friendship thirty years ago


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Sandra Bernhard and Madonna had one of the most iconic celebrity friendships of the ’80s and ’90s, before they mysteriously fell out in 1992.

And while the exact reason behind the demise of their friendship has never been revealed, Sandra shed some light on the situation during an interview this week.

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Speaking to the Hot Takes and Deep Dives podcast, the 66-year-old star took a thinly-veiled swipe at her former BFF and said she didn’t enjoy the intense fame that came with their friendship.

Speaking out: Comedian Sandra Bernhard has opened up about the end of her friendship to Madonna in a new interview with the Hot Takes and Deep Dives podcast

Speaking out: Comedian Sandra Bernhard has opened up about the end of her friendship to Madonna in a new interview with the Hot Takes and Deep Dives podcast

‘I didn’t really like that level of visibility and having to work it constantly,’ she explained.

‘We all as performers work it to a certain degree, but I’m a very improvisational person, on stage and in my life, and I don’t like being tied down in having to be a certain way for my image,’ she continued.

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‘What I tried to impart in our friendship is, “I’m really your friend, I’m not just somebody that’s passing through.” 

Flashback: Sandra and Madonna had one of the most iconic celebrity friendships of the '80s and '90s, before they mysteriously fell out in 1992 (pictured 1988)

Flashback: Sandra and Madonna had one of the most iconic celebrity friendships of the ’80s and ’90s, before they mysteriously fell out in 1992 (pictured 1988)

‘And I guess for a while we had a real friendship, but it’s hard for somebody like her. She doesn’t really want somebody around who reflects too much of who she is.’

The comedian then added cryptically: ‘Therefore, her relationships just don’t last.’

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Sandra and Madonna became first friends in the late ’80s, and were even rumoured to be lovers at one point.

They famously appeared on a 1988 episode of Late Night with David Letterman together, which is largely considered one of the most iconic late night TV interviews ever.

Honest: 'I guess for a while we had a real friendship, but it's hard for somebody like her. She doesn't really want somebody around who reflects too much of who she is,' Sandra said

Honest: ‘I guess for a while we had a real friendship, but it’s hard for somebody like her. She doesn’t really want somebody around who reflects too much of who she is,’ Sandra said

Sandra was also featured in Madonna’s 1991 documentary Truth or Dare, but their friendship seemingly imploded shortly after its release.

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This isn’t the first time that the Roseanne actress has opened up about her friendship with the pop legend.

In 2019, she told Us Weekly that she’d ‘seen Madonna over the years’ and there wasn’t any drama between them anymore.

Inseparable: During their friendship, they appeared on David Letterman together and Sandra was featured in Madonna's 1991 documentary Truth or Dare (pictured 1989)

Inseparable: During their friendship, they appeared on David Letterman together and Sandra was featured in Madonna’s 1991 documentary Truth or Dare (pictured 1989)

‘We’re cool with each other, you know. But people move on and you have your life. I have a daughter, my girlfriend. I have my career, my life. And, you know, things do change.’

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In 2011, she told Wendy Williams that she wished her friendship with Madonna had ‘lasted longer’.

‘Certain people can’t handle those kinds of friendships. That’s not my style. I like to maintain my friendships throughout my life. … It’s OK, you know. All is forgiven.’

'We’re cool with each other': In 2019, Sandra said that she and Madonna were cordial but had both moved on with their lives

‘We’re cool with each other’: In 2019, Sandra said that she and Madonna were cordial but had both moved on with their lives 

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