Madonna sat down with The Jonathan Ross Show for a special episode set to air March 14th on ITV to discuss her new album Rebel Heart, as well as her epic fall.
“I didn’t hurt my butt, I hurt my head. I did,” Madonna tells Ross.
“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.“
Core fans were wondering if the falling was a stunt as the lyrics of her song, “Living for Love” talked about stumbling and being picked up. Madonna said it wasn’t planned, but that she did recognize the coincidence though. “I’m never writing lyrics like that again! The universe was trying to teach me a lesson I guess,” she said.
Madonna further elaborated on how exactly the wardrobe malfunction resulted in her falling backwards onto the ground.
“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. I was told to tie my cape and start much further back than we had rehearsed so because I had to walk so much further, 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,” Madonna said.
“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.”