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Madonna tells Stern that she loved Basquiat and he was "an amazing man and deeply talented," but the relationship ended because "he wouldn't stop doing heroin." However, Madonna still remembers interesting details from her relationship with the artist. "I remember getting up in the middle of the night and he wouldn't be in bed lying next to me; he'd be standing, painting, at four in the morning, this close to the canvas, in a trance. I was blown away by that, that he worked when he felt moved."
It also sheds more light on what it was like to date Basquiat, or at least what it was like to break up with him. "When I broke up with him he made me give [the paintings he gave me] back to him. And then he painted over them black."
Considering how valuable works by Basquiat have become, it's a huge bummer that we will never know what the artist conceived for Madonna.