Madonna denies claims volunteers were told ‘not to look at her’ at Toronto Film Festival

Singer's publicist Liz Rosenberg says singer 'would never do that'

Madonna‘s publicist has hit back at claims the singer made volunteers at the Toronto International Film Festival “turn their faces to a wall” so they wouldn’t look at her as she approached a press conference for her new movie, W.E.

Liz Rosenberg denied rumours that the star ordered such actions at the event in an email to She said:

Neither Madonna nor her security ever gave instructions for the volunteers to turn away from Madonna. In fact she was so impressed with the volunteers that she publicly thanked them from the stage for their hard work before the premiere of her film last night, which earned a standing ovation.

She added that the singer had “a wonderful time at the festival” and said she and the star are “still trying to figure out who and why anyone would ask the volunteers to turn away from Madonna.” Rosenberg added: “Madonna has never and would never ask anyone to do that ever.”
The move comes after Madonna was caught out after a fan handed her a bunch of flowers at the Venice Film Festival before the singer whispered into her mic, which was still switched on during a press conference, “I absolutely loathe hydrangeas. He obviously doesn’t know that.”

She has since posted a tongue-in-cheek video in which she feigns apology to the flowers, before snapping, flinging them on the floor and grinding her feet into them.