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Madonna sparks speculation on Portugal move

Madonna, seen here at the Costume Institute Gala

Madonna, seen here at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017, stirred up speculation that she might be relocating. Credit: Getty Images / Neilson Barnard

Madonna praised the European nation of Portugal over the weekend, and ignited speculation over whether she planned to relocate there.

“The energy of Portugal is so inspiring. I feel very creative and alive here and I look forward to working on my film LOVED and making New Music!!!” the 59-year-old pop icon posted on social media Saturday, referring to the movie adaptation of novelist Andrew Sean Greer’s “The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells” (2013), about a woman who finds herself living alternate versions of her life in different 20th-century eras.

“This will be the next Chapter in My Book!” she continued. “It’s time to conquer the world from a different vantage point!!”

Accompanying the message was a caricature of herself posed as the familiar but since-discredited artists’ conception of the ancient world’s long-vanished statue the Colossus of Rhodes, on the Greek island of Rhodes.

A spokesman for Madonna told The Associated Press the singer had fallen in love with the country after ending a tour there in 2004. Neither the representative nor Madonna’s social-media posts specifically mention a permanent move from her current home in New York City.

Madonna’s 20-year-old daughter, Lourdes, with personal trainer Carlos Manuel Leon, is entering her senior year at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Her next oldest child, son Rocco, 17, lives in London with his father, Madonna’s filmmaker ex-husband Guy Ritchie. Her other, adopted children are David, who turns 12 on Sept. 24; Mercy, 9; and twins Esther and Stella, who were 4 when Madonna received permission to adopt them in February.

The seven-time Grammy Award-winner — who reached No. 4 on Forbes magazine’s list of 2016’s highest-paid musicians, earning $76 million in the covered timeframe — released her 13th studio album, “Rebel Heart,” in 2015. It reached No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. Her studio album before that, 2012’s “MDNA,” reached No. 1.

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