Madonna tumbled off a set of prop stairs onstage while performing at the Brit Awards and it looked like it hurt. But in true heroic fashion channeling the spirit of “honey, I forgot to duck” survivalism, Madonna is not only uninjured but has created a teachable moment out of her fall.
To recap: Madonna had a painful-looking fall while performing live onstage at the Brit Awards. While it looks really bad – like a belly flop, only to the butt and head as she fell backwards off a flight of stairs – she really only lost a few lines in the song, and fully recovered to perform the rest of the number.
The accident was due to a costuming error. Madonna explained briefly via Instagram.
Armani hooked me up! My beautiful cape was tied too tight! But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up! Thanks for your good wishes! I’m fine! ❤️#livingforlove
Not only was she relatively unhurt, Madonna handled the forthcoming flow of negative comments and jokes dispensed via social media, after she fell on her butt and recovered (stay classy, internet!) with grace and aplomb.
Other successful women including J.K. Rowling spoke in Madonna’s defense. Rowling asked via Twitter, Are you the sort of person who gloats when they see a woman fall, or the kind that celebrates a magnificent recovery?
Which side would you want to be on? Take your time.
Madonna described the incident (namely, falling/being pulled to the ground when nothing in her show is left to chance) and how it was even possible for something to go wrong while appearing on the Jonathan Ross show to promote her new album, Rebel Heart.
Madonna is fine.
“I didn’t hurt my butt, I hurt my head. I did,” Madonna says to Ross. “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 so there was a man standing over me with a flashlight until about 3 a.m. making sure that I was still compos mentis.”
Madge also explained how the fall happened:
“I’m a creature of habit, I rehearse everything – everything, everything, everything – and I was thrown a wrench at the very beginning of my entrance. I was told to tie my cape and start much further back than we had rehearsed, so because I had to walk so much further, 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.”
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. 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.”
But ultimately Madonna is a professional (as evidenced by post-fall recovery), and her biggest disappointment: “It was a horrible nightmare because I like to be amazing.”