Singer Madonna walks on stage during Amnesty International's "Bringing Human Rights Home" concert
IN PHOTO: Singer Madonna walks on stage during Amnesty International's "Bringing Human Rights Home" concert in the Brooklyn borough of New YorkFebruary 5, 2014. Reuters/Carlo Allegri

Ever since Madonna has released her latest album "Rebel Heart," she is getting involved in various controversies. The 56-year-old has now issued an explanation for posting altered pictures of Nelson Mandela, Bob Marley, Princess Diana, John Lennon and Martin Luther King, among others, in a similar manner as she has posed in the posters of "Rebel Heart" with wires jutting out of her face. It was presumed by critics that Madonna was comparing herself to those leaders. However the pop star has posted an apology about it on Facebook saying she did not have any intentions of comparison.

"I'm sorry I'm not comparing my self to anyone. I'm admiring and acknowledging there (sic) Rebel Hearts," writes Madonna on her Facebook page adding that she does not find her words insulting or racist. "I also did it with Michael jaclson (sic) and frida khalo and marilyn monroe. Am I saying I am them, NO, I'm saying they are Rebel Hearts too," added Madonna on Facebook. The "Frozen" singer further stated that she has not created those doctored pictures of Mandela and Martin Luther King but her fans sent them those pictures.

Madonna also said that she does not think her fans are racist for sending her those pictures and she also thanks them for putting her in "same category" as Mandela and Lennon. She further said that she feels "flattered" by the comparison and hopes one day she can live "up to 1 100th of what those people accomplished." Prior to the picture controversy, Madonna was blasted by her fans on social media when she compared the leak of her unfinished tracks to "an act of terrorism" and "rape." The "Frozen" singer was annoyed that new unfinished songs from her upcoming album were leaked and said it was "artistic rape" as the hackers could not wait for finished product.

The singer was also prompted to prepone the release of her album due to song leak. However, there are certain sections of people who believe that Madonna is indulging in these controversies as she wants to stay in news to promote her album. Kenneth Myrnes writes on Huffington Posts' comment section that it does not matter if Madonna's comparison to these historic figures is "tasteful" or not but what matters is that she knows how to market herself after three decades in music industry.

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