Madonna wrote a film because she was lonely. The 53-year-old star’s fascination with Wallis Simpson - the subject of her new movie ‘W.E.’ - stemmed from her interest in English history, which she began to research when she first moved to London with former husband Guy Ritchie.

She said: “When I moved to England after I got married, I really didn’t have any friends. I didn’t know anybody. I found myself in a strange world and I decided that I was going to find out about the history and culture. So I started studying English history and reading about the monarchy. When I got to Edward VIII, I was transfixed by the idea that a man would give up such a powerful position for love. I started reading books about Wallis Simpson, and I found a lot of them to be really negative and one-dimensional. When women have some kind of power, and we don’t understand them, we diminish them.” Madonna related to Wallis a lot and thinks that made her the right person to direct the film. –EPS