AceShowbiz - Although Madonna previously assured fans that she's "fine" after taking a tumble on stage at BRIT Awards, the incident was actually more serious than she initially let on. The Material Girl admits in a new interview that she was in pain after the fall.
"I didn't hurt my butt, I hurt my head," she says on "Jonathan Ross Show". "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 I was still conscious."
Madge performed her new single "Living for Live" when she fell backward because her cape wouldn't come off when it was tugged by her dancers. She handled the incident like a pro and resumed her performance until the last note. "I know how to fall. I've fallen off my horse many times, and I tucked, and I have good core strength," the 56-year-old star says.
"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 explains. "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."
"It was a horrible nightmare, because I like to be amazing," she also says as quoted by PEOPLE. "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."
Some people thought it was a stunt referring to the song's lyrics, "Took me to heaven and let me fall down ... Lifted me up, and watched me stumble." "I'm never writing lyrics like that again! The universe was trying to teach me a lesson, I guess," Madonna jokes.
The cape was designed by Giorgio Armani. After the incident, the designer said, "Madonna, as we know, is very difficult. 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."