Pop queen Madonna converted from Catholicism to the ancient mysticism of Kabbalah because she found the Christian religion too restrictive.

The HUNG UP hitmaker - a devout follower of the mystical offshoot of Judaism - grew to resent Catholicism after having too many rules and regulations imposed upon her as a child by her family.

She says, "There's nothing consoling about being a Catholic. They're all just laws and prohibitions."