Madonna has spoken out about her fall at the Brit awards, describing it as “a horrible nightmare” and saying “I didn’t hurt my butt. I hurt my head”.
Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show which was recorded on Thursday evening, the singer, 56, spoke of the incident which saw a wardrobe malfunction cause her to fall backwards during her performance at the finale of the the BRIT Awards on Wednesday 25 February in London.
“I like to be amazing, I rehearse and rehearse so when I do a show it is effortless and I create magic. I did the opposite, I actually created a horror show.”
She explained a last minute request from the awards ceremony organisers caused the dance routine to change just before she took to the stage. “I was thrown a wrench at the beginning of the performance. I was asked to start much further back and so I had to walk further.”
“I'm a creature of habit. I rehearse everything, everything, everything,” she added.
“Everyone was worried my cape was going to slide off, so they tied it really tight around my neck. So here I am marching in like the queen, I got to the top of the stairs and I pulled the silky string and it wouldn't come undone.”
The dancers behind her were supposed to sweep the cape off her back but the cape was still tied firmly around her neck. “My two lovely dancers basically strangled me off the stage. I had two choices, I could either be strangled or fall, and I chose to fall.”
Admirably, the singer jumped back up and continued to sing and dance to her single Living For Love.
She said she suffered “a little bit of whiplash” and that doctors were concerned about concussion. “I had a man standing over me with a flashlight til 3am to make sure I was compos mentis.”
She said she still hasn't watched the footage and doesn't want to. “I’m always nervous. Live TV is a f***.”
But the star is in good spirits about it adding: “What’s the worst that can happen? You make a mistake and fall down stairs.”
“I know how to fall. I’ve fallen off my horse many times,” she said, having cracked her ribs and brokena collar bone after she fell off a new horse on her 47th birthday in 2005.
Hours after the incident, Madge took to Twitter and Instagram to thank Armani for designing her performance outfit and the cape and to reassure her fans she was not seriously hurt.
Thankfully, she won't be wearing a cape again anytime soon. “I’m done with capes,” she said. “Cape fear is over.”
Watch the full interview on The Jonathan Ross Show on 14 March on ITV.