Madonna Describes 'Horrible Nightmare' of Stage Fall, and Admits She Was Hurt
After initially saying she was "fine," the Material Girl says she had whiplash and hurt her head
Turns out she was hurt worse than she let on.
“I didn’t hurt my butt, I hurt my head,” the Material Girl, 56, said Thursday during a taping of ITV’s The Jonathan Ross Show in Britain, for an episode that will air next month.
“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.”
She said the incident was bruising for another reason, too.
“It was a horrible nightmare, because I like to be amazing,” she said. “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.”
Some people actually thought it was a stunt, based off the “Living for Love” lyrics, which include lines like, “Took me to heaven and let me fall down Lifted me up, and watched me stumble.”
“I’m never writing lyrics like that again! The universe was trying to teach me a lesson, I guess,” Madonna joked.
She also described the incident itself in further detail, saying she was thrown off from the very beginning of the number.
“I’m a creature of habit, and I rehearse everything – everything, everything, everything – and I was thrown a wrench at the very beginning of my entrance,” she said. “I was told to tie my cape and start much further back than we had rehearsed.”
She added: “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. 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.”