Tough as nails! Madonna is counting her lucky stars after taking a terrifying tumble off some stairs on the Brit Awards stage on Wednesday, Feb. 25. The Queen of Pop bounced right back up to continue performing her hit “Living for Love,” but now admits that she didn’t leave the show completely unscathed.
The 56-year-old singer explained the scary ordeal during The Jonathan Ross Show on Thursday.
“I had a little bit of whiplash, I smacked the back of my head. And I had a man standing over me with a flashlight until about 3 a.m. to make sure I was compos mentis,” Madonna explained, via The Telegraph, clarifying that she didn’t hurt her famous derriere in the process.
“It was a nightmare,” she added. “I actually created a horror show for everyone.”
Indeed, the Brit Awards audience simultaneously gasped in alarm when the “Vogue” entertainer was suddenly yanked backwards off some stairs onstage. So, what happened? The incident turned out to be a wardrobe malfunction of sorts.
“I was told to tie my cape and start much further back and I had to walk further, and everyone was worried my cape would slide off, so they tied it really tight around my neck,” Madonna told Ross. “I got to the top of the stairs and I pulled the silky string, and it wouldn’t come undone…I had two choices: I could either be strangled or fall, and I chose to fall.”
“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,” she added. “My two lovely dancers basically strangled me off the stage.”
Madonna recovered like a pro, but refused to watch the performance during her appearance on the British program.
“I like to be amazing. I rehearse and rehearse so when I do a show it is effortless and I create magic,” she said.
As for whether she will wear the same type of costume again? “No more capes,” she insisted. “Cape fear is over.”
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