Madonna issues statement over Manchester gig delay

Singer labelled her fans 'bitches' for complaining about her being a hour late

Madonna has issued a statement following controversy at the singer’s Manchester gig earlier this week, which saw the star booed after arriving onstage a hour late.

Madonna played Manchester Arena as part of her ‘Rebel Heart’ tour on Monday night (December 14) with technical difficulties blamed for the singer’s late arrival.

Manchester Evening News reported that fans grew tired of the long wait, with many voicing their anger by booing the star. Madonna later labelled her fans “bitches” following the complaints.

Now, Madonna has released a statement via Facebook, in which she confirmed that her video had crashed during soundcheck and that the delay was caused by the wait to reboot.

She also stated that she was fined for going over the venue’s curfew, despite cutting three songs from the setlist.

Madonna wrote: “FACTS: its good to have them before you jump to conclusions! The entire video for my show crashed as I arrived for sound check. The back up file was corrupt. We had no choice but to reboot and pray for a good outcome. The video lights 75% of my show. We can’t play in the dark. We were rebooted and ready by 9:30 even though we planned to go on earlier. I had to make cuts in show before show started. ‘Dress You Up’ was one of them and my third guitar song. This still brought us past the 11:00 curfew! But we went on and the venue was kind enough to extend till 11:39! It was there choice not mine to end the show! Always want to finish. So we all missed the last three songs! And I’m sorry about that. And I thank all my Rebel Heart fans for understanding! We did our best! And we still had to pay a fine! That life. PS you still got to see an amazing show. And only missed 12 minutes!! The #‎rebelhearttour‬ goes on”.

Watch Madonna addressing the crowd about the gig’s delay in the clip below.

At the Paris gig of her ‘Rebel Heart’ tour, Madonna paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the recent terror attacks in the city. She told the audience: “We will not bend down to fear. I think of what happened almost four weeks ago now. The heart of Paris and the heart of France beats in the heart of each city.”

“I came here when I was 20 and it was here, in Paris, that I decided to make music. Thank you Paris for planting that seed in my heart!”