Madonna Responds to Claims She Was 'High or Drunk' Onstage, Blames 'Sexism'
Madonna has responded to reports claiming she performed while under the influence of drugs and alcohol during a recent concert in Australia.
"Too bad people don’t know the art or of acting and playing a character," she wrote on Instagram, adding, "I could never do any of my shows high or drunk."
The Australian leg of Madonna's Rebel Heart tour has had an unusual start: a cabaret-style free warm-up show at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on March 10, which was billed as a fusion of music, art and comedy, though the concert was met with mixed reviews. Fans also complained about the show's late start -- a two-hour performance finished at 2.50am, well beyond the venue's curfew of 2am, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
As if to signal an imminent meltdown, TMZ posted a video from Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena two days later in which Madonna appeared to be “guzzling booze” and falling off a tricycle. The Daily Mail went further, describing her appearance as “chaotic” and claiming she’d “suffered another onstage meltdown.” RadarOnline shared its own theory: her “bizarre behavior” may be due in part to prescription medication.
The queen of pop's retort blames “sexism” and “misogyny” for the worst of the criticism. "We are still treated like heretics if we step out of line and think outside the box," Madonna wrote.
Madonna and ex-husband Guy Ritchie are currently embroiled in a custody battle over their son Rocco. On March 5, Madonna dedicated a song to the 15-year-old during a concert in New Zealand.
Thanks for supporting me. Too bad people don't know the art of acting and playing a character. I could never do any of my shows high or drunk. And yes underlying all of this is sexism and mysongony which proves that not only do we not get equal pay bUt we are still treated like heretics if we step out of line and think outside the box! . Sexism is alive and kicking but i am ❤️#livingforlove