Madonna on Brits ‘nightmare’: ‘I could either be strangled or fall, and I chose to fall’

Singer reveals she suffered whiplash in the incident

Madonna says she was with a doctor until 3am following her tumble at The Brit Awards at around 10pm on Wednesday evening (February 25).

The pop icon was tugged backwards down three steps when dancers attempted to remove her long cape as part of her show-stopping routine at the event at The O2. She later took to Instagram to say she was “fine”, but has revealed that she did receive medical attention.

Speaking to Jonathan Ross during the recording of his chat show in comments previewed in The Sun, Madonna said: “I didn’t hurt my butt but I hurt my head. I had a little bit of whiplash, I smacked the back of my head. I had a man standing over me with a flashlight until about 3am to make sure I was compos mentis.”


The singer also explained how the incident occurred as a result of a last-minute change to her performance. She said: “I was told to tie my cape and start much further back and I had to walk further and everyone was worried my cape was going to slide off so they tied it really tight. So here I am marching in like the Queen, I got to the top of the stairs and I pulled the slinky string and it wouldn’t come undone.”

She added: “My two lovely Japanese dancers, they basically strangled me off the stage. I could either be strangled or fall, and I chose to fall.”

According to reports, the singer refuses to watch the clip of the incident, which she described as “a nightmare”, telling Ross: “I don’t want to watch it, don’t make me watch.”

She has also sworn off wearing capes: “No more capes, cape fear is over.”

The episode will air on ITV on March 14. Madonna releases her album ‘Rebel Heart’ on March 10.