Sharon Stone's Letter To Madonna Shows The Power Of Women Supporting Each Other Instead Of Being Divided By Gossip

"Know that I am your friend."

Sharon Stone isn't letting old comments ruin her friendship with Madonna.

On Thursday night, the Oscar-nominated actress shared an open letter to the music legend on Facebook, in which she responds to a recently uncovered letter in which Madonna calls her "mediocre." According to the Huffington Post, the letter was obtained by gossip site Radar Online, and is going up for auction later this month, along with other personal items.



In the letter, which was reportedly provided to the auction house by Madonna's former art consultant Darlene Lutz, Madonna complains to someone named "J" about how "frustrating" it is that Whitney Houston and Sharon Stone have the music and acting careers she wishes she had, adding that she thinks they're "horribly mediocre." The Huffington Post reports it was written after Madonna's 1992 photo book Sex was published.

Stone wasn't about to let this gossip turn into a feud, as she shared in her Facebook post alongside a photo of herself with Madonna. She began by calling it "absurd" that the letter was made public in the first place. "Therefore," she wrote, "I publish publicly."

"Know that I am your friend," she continued. "I have wished to be a rock star in some private moments... have felt as mediocre as you described. We know, as only those who have survived so long that owning our mediocrity is the only way to own our own strengths; to become all that we have both become. I love and adore you; won't be pitted against you by the invasion of our personal journeys."

Commenters applauded Stone for the response, with many calling it "classy." Someone else thanked her for "not playing into the game."

Stone's supportive response challenges common pop culture narratives that seek to pit women against each other. Just this past week, Lorde responded to the media's sensationalized representation of a recent interview she did, with some headlines suggesting she had left Taylor Swift's "squad."

"Really shitty to wake up to headlines about whether or not you've jumped ship on someone you deeply respect and ride for," the young singer wrote on Twitter, clarifying that Swift is a "dear friend."

We love to see stars and fans alike speaking out against this sort of divisive gossip and choosing to support their fellow women instead of tearing them down. Hopefully, with persistence, those are the types of stories that will eventually dominate the news, instead of feuds and fabricated drama.

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