Madonna wants the media to leave Britney Spears alone. "They need to step off," she told the Yo on E! satellite radio show. "For real… Let’s go save her."

Madonna, 49, said her daughter Lourdes, 11, feels the same way.

"She knows Britney, but she doesn’t really watch TV or read gossip stuff," the pop queen said in the interview. "I think she sort of gets the drift of what’s going on, and I think she feels very protective of Britney."

Madonna, who also has a son, Rocco, 7, with hubby Guy Ritchie, are raising a Malawian boy, David, who they hope to adopt. "He’s the life of the party," she said of David, who she brought home from Africa in 2006. "He loves music, he’s an amazing dancer… he’s a character."

When it comes to caring for David, Madonna says it’s no different from raising her biological children. "I thought it was gonna be, but it feels the same to tell you the truth."


And as for those rumors that her marriage is on the rocks? Madonna says, "It is ridiculous… I don’t pay much attention to it."

Madonna, whose new album  Hard Candy, arrives April 29, told Yo on E! that she plans to spend the summer in New York, and that she might kick off a tour this fall.

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