Madonna Denies 1991 Claim That She Asked Donald Trump For A Date

In a lengthy new interview with The New York Times Magazine, Madonna denies a claim made in 1991 to People magazine: that she’d once called up Donald Trump, asking for a date.

In 1991, a man calling himself John Miller, who claimed to be Trump’s publicist and who is now widely assumed to have been Trump himself, told People that Madonna "called and wanted to go out with" the future president. But Madonna says that that’s not true, although she did once talk to him on the phone in Florida.

"I did a Versace campaign with Steven Meisel at his house in Palm Beach," she explained, adding that Trump kept calling her to check on things. "He kept going: ‘Hey, is everything O.K.? Finding yourself comfortable? Are the beds comfortable? Is everything good? Are you happy?’"

Donatella Versace, who was in charge of the shoot, recalled the experience – and how "pushy" Trump was – in a 2016 interview. The designer said Trump actually showed up for the shoot – even though "when you’ve rented a space, you don’t want the owner to come in." She said they "couldn’t get rid of him" and Trump even tried to gain entry to the set. She recalled shooing him away, and noted that the fast-food obsessed president "brought us Kentucky Fried Chicken! I mean, excuse me. Models, you know? It’s fashion!"

Madonna said she thinks Trump has a "weak character," which she believes is common in "alpha males." "They’re overcompensating for how insecure they feel – a man who is secure with himself, a human who is secure with themselves, doesn’t have to go around bullying people all the time," she notes.

On her new album, Madame X, Madonna explores her anger over political powers like Trump "who seemed to be systematically removing all of our personal freedoms."

The performer also weighed in on Harvey Weinstein in Wednesday’s piece, saying the former Hollywood producer "crossed lines and boundaries and was incredibly sexually flirtatious and forward with me when we were working together; he was married at the time, and I certainly wasn’t interested."