Madonna Slams Claims That She Was Drunk or High on Stage

Madonna performing
Madonna performs on stage during her Rebel Heart Tour on Feb. 20, 2016, in Macau, China. ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

The queen has spoken. On Tuesday, March 15, Madonna slammed claims she had performed under the influence during the Australian leg of her Rebel Heart Tour. The “Living for Love” singer took to Instagram to put rumors to rest.

“Thanks for supporting me. Too bad people don't know the art of acting and playing a character,” the pop diva, 57, wrote alongside a screenshot of a supportive Facebook post from a fan named Remington Graves. “I could never do any of my shows high or drunk.”

Graves noted that, over the course of her 30-plus year career, Madge has always taken “meticulous” care of her body and would never be able to execute one of her high-energy performances if she was drinking or doing drugs. He then went on to say that the accusations against Madonna were sexist — a point that she couldn’t agree with more.

“And yes underlying all of this is sexism and misogyny which proves that not only do we not get equal pay bUt we are still treated like heretics if we step out of line and think outside the box!,” she continued. “Sexism is alive and kicking but i am ❤️#livingforlove”

Madonna’s response comes after several media outlets reported that the seven-time Grammy winner had boozy onstage “meltdowns” during concerts in Melbourne this past weekend.

In free shows at the Forum, the entertainer took the stage dressed as a clown, rode a tricycle, falling over, appeared to take shots from a flask and reportedly called her ex-husband Guy Ritchie a “son of a bitch.” But it’s all just part of the act, a source confirms to Us Weekly.

Madonna onstage with a flask
Madonna performing in Melbourne, Australia, on March 13, 2016.

While her clown bit may just be theatrics, Madonna has certainly gotten real with her fans during her world tour. The mom of four spoke about her love for son Rocco, 15, during a sold-out show in New Zealand on March 4.

While singing “La Vie en Rose,” she told the audience: “That is my son, who I mentioned earlier. He is actually 15, and it’s true, there is no love stronger than a mother for her son.”

Holding back tears, the songstress added, “If I talk about him too much, I might cry,” as her fans cheered her on in support.

As Us Weekly previously reported, Madonna has been fighting to reunite with her eldest son since December, when he left her Rebel Heart tour to live with his father Ritchie, 47, in London. On March 2, a judge ordered the former couple — who divorced in 2008 — to come to an agreement to end the custody battle out of court.

“Madonna and Rocco have been talking,” a source exclusively revealed to Us. “They are trying to mediate themselves.”

The source added, “Rocco has been the one reaching out to Madonna. She and Guy are not on speaking terms.”

Madonna is also the mother of Lourdes, 19, and David and Mercy, both 10.

Sign up now for the Us Weekly newsletter to get breaking celebrity news, hot pics and more delivered straight to your inbox!

Want stories like these delivered straight to your phone? Download the Us Weekly iPhone app now!