Monty Brinton/CBS Earlier this week, Madonna pronounced herself "fine" after falling off the stage during her performance of "Living for Love" at the BRIT Awards in London. But while recording the British program The Jonathan Ross Show Thursday night, the Queen of Pop admitted she was, in fact, injured during the tumble.
“I didn’t hurt my butt, I hurt my head. I did. I know how to fall, I’ve fallen off my horse many times and I tucked and I have good core strength... but the thing is, I had a little bit of a whiplash and I smacked the back of my head," Madonna told host Jonathan Ross for the show, which will air in the U.K. March 14. "So there was a man standing over me with a flashlight until about 3am making sure that I was still compos mentis.”
Madonna also denied that the fall was a stunt meant to illustrate the song's lyrics: "Lifted me up, and watched me stumble/After the heartache, I'm gonna carry on." She laughed, "I’m never writing lyrics like that again! The universe was trying to teach me a lesson, I guess.”
What was most disappointing, the superstar said, was that the fall marred a performance that she wanted to be perfect. “It was a horrible nightmare, because I like to be amazing," she explained. "Seriously, I rehearse and I rehearse and I rehearse so that when I do the show, it’s effortless and I create magic and I did the opposite. I actually created a horror show for everyone."
As for why the fall happened, Madonna said the cape was she wearing was the culprit.
"Everybody was worried that my cape was going to slide off because it’s quite heavy so they tied it really tight around my neck," she explained. "So here I am, marching in like a queen, and I got to the top of the stairs and I pulled my silky string and it would not come undone. And my two lovely Japanese dancers basically strangled me off the stage. I had a choice: I could either be strangled or fall with the cape, and I fell.”
In other Madonna news, the Israeli man who was arrested on suspicion of hacking the files from her new album, Rebel Heart, has been indicted, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Adi Lederman, 39, was officially charged on four counts: computer trespassing, prohibited secret monitoring and additional computer trespassing, copyright infringement, and obstructing investigation. He could face up to five years behind bars.
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