Madonna takes a tumble at Brit awards but insists she's 'fine'
Madonna has said she is “fine” after a wardrobe malfunction caused her to fall backwards off the stage at the Brit Awards.
The star’s red and black cloak was “too tight” and led to her tumble, she told her three million followers on Instagram.
Alongside a picture of the cloak that caused the embarrassing slip-up, Madonna wrote: “Armani hooked me up! My beautiful cape was tied too tight!
“But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up! Thanks for your good wishes! I’m fine! #livingforlove.”
The Queen of Pop was closing the Brit Awards ceremony when the gaffe occurred.
When her backing dancers tried to pull off her cloak, the 56-year-old was dragged backwards before falling to the floor with a thud.
The dancers, who were dressed as demons, looked on in shock before Madonna got back up and went on with the show.
Fans took to Twitter to show their support after Madonna’s humiliating fall.
Hosts Ant and Dec later joked on Twitter: “Ta for all your lovely messages, we really enjoyed it. We’re stuck in A&E with @Madonna. Still an hour wait... “
Other stars tweeted their support for the fallen star, with BBC DJ Sara Cox saying: “Madonna was nearly a magonna. What a trouper.”
But others were keen to mock, including Piers Morgan, who tweeted a link to a video of the fall and said: “Still laughing. (nearly 2hrs later).”
Golden boys of British pop Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith shared the honours on what was a muted night – literally, in the case of Kanye West.
US rapper West, supported by a huge backing cast and a flame-thrower, debuted his new track All Day, which features repeated use of the ‘n’ word, at the industry event. But viewers at home were left confused when the sound on the live ITV broadcast was repeatedly muted.
Former EastEnders actress Hetti Bywater said: “Erm....Kanye, can you please stop my TV from muting and just stop with the offensive language, cheers”.
Another viewer, tweeting as Shukat1, said: “Why have Kanye if you’re just gonna censor the performance?”
An ITV spokeswoman said: “ITV took the decision to use an audio mute during the performance.” . Last night’s awards kicked off with a wave of dancing waiters welcoming hosts Ant and Dec to the stage before Taylor Swift became the first act to perform.
The American star, wearing a short black suit, opened the show with her track Blank Space.
Sam Smith was named British breakthrough act and won the global success award, while Sheeran was named British male solo artist and won the best album award for X.
Swift, who won the international female award, paid tribute to Sheeran, saying: “I wouldn’t be up here if it wasn’t for one of my best friends who took me to pubs and taught me to make a good cup of tea and taught me everything I know about the UK.”
The award for British group was presented by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page to rock duo Royal Blood, beating X Factor heartthrobs One Direction in the process.
But One Direction’s huge fanbase voted the boyband winners of the award for British artist video for You & I. Accepting it on their behalf, Simon Cowell said: “This is so exciting but Sam, you can’t win everything tonight.”
Mark Ronson presented the award - designed by Tracey Emin - for best British female solo artist to Paloma Faith who won at the third time of trying.
Comic John Bishop announced Foo Fighters were best international group, before George Ezra performed his hit Budapest.