Pop superstar Madonna has urged the press to research the Kabbalah faith before attacking her passion for the mystic offshoot of Judaism.

The MATERIAL GIRL is furious about the barrage of criticism she's received for evangelising the controversial religion, and believes the media would be more supportive if they were less ignorant about Kabbalah, which is studied by celebrities including Britney Spears, Demi Moore and Paris Hilton.

She complains, "Yes, it irritates me when the press criticise my beliefs. Because what I would really like is for people to do their research and try to understand what it is I'm trying to study and understand.

"If they did that, then they'd have a completely different view. I wonder if they'd be less irritated if I was studying existentialism. Maybe they would."

30/11/2004 17:07