The designer blames the singer for her stage tumble

By Brittany Talarico
March 03, 2015 04:36 PM

Madonna‘s fall wasn’t so graceful at the Brit Awards, but the singer certainly handled the fallout as gracefully as possible. The 56-year-old superstar tumbled after a dancer tugged too hard on her long, black cape during her performance last week, sparking a ton of Vines and memes. And though she bounced right back up from the fall, she admitted it hurt — and said the cape was partly to blame.

“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 says. “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.” But now designer Giorgio Armani is defending his creation.

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“Madonna, as we know, is very difficult,” he told the Associated Press in a recent interview, adding, “This cape had a hook and she wanted a tie, and she wasn’t able to open it with her hands. That’s all there is to it.”

It was evident that Madge struggled taking off the cape, and that her dancers whipped it off before she had a chance to fully undo the tie. But it’s surprising to hear Armani — who has a long-standing professional relationship with the star — point out her diva ways.

While she seemed to recover quickly (and was able to finish her performance), Madonna did say she suffered a few minor injuries.

“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,” she explained. “So, there was a man standing over me with a flashlight until about 3 a.m. making sure that I was still compos mentis.”

And it also hurt the singer’s pride. “It was a horrible nightmare, because I like to be amazing,” she added. “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.”

What do you think of Armani’s jab about Madonna’s fashion demands? Do you think her stage clothes are too elaborate? Share your thoughts below.–Brittany Talarico