Madonna‘s fall wasn’t so graceful at the Brit Awards, but the singer certainly handled the fallout as gracefully as possible. The 56-year-old superstar tumbled after a dancer tugged too hard on her long, black cape during her performance last week, sparking a ton of Vines and memes. And though she bounced right back up from the fall, she admitted it hurt — and said the cape was partly to blame.
“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 says. “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.” But now designer Giorgio Armani is defending his creation.
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