Things seem to be going from bad to worse for Madonna. The one-time queen of pop appears to be spiralling out of control with her erratic behaviour leading some to question her sanity. The star turned up to her show in Melbourne, Australia, last Thursday night four hours late and dressed as a clown.
The 57-year-old singer has been embroiled in a custody battle with ex-husband Guy Ritchie over their 15-year-old son Rocco for the past few months, and it seems the complicated case could be taking its toll on the superstar. As she arrived for her performance at the Forum in the city, fans were left bemused by her appearance, with Madonna sporting a pink wig, striped tights and frilly top, along with a top hat and clown nose. She explained to the audience that her outfit was to “symbolise heartbreak”, adding: “There is something tragic about clowns because they try so hard to make you laugh and smile. They are obviously covering up something, there is something going on inside. What do you think is going on inside of me?”
The Fall From Grace
Other bizarre occurrences during the evening included Madonna riding a trike across the stage, and falling off of it, and downing alcoholic cocktails. This is the first time Madonna has openly consumed alcohol during a performance, after previously denying claims she’d been drunk during a performance in Kentucky. “One thing I’m going to do here tonight, that I’ve never done before when singing, is drink,” she told the crowd. “I’m not supposed to be asking for alcohol right now but get me some drink.” Audience members also took to social media to comment on Madonna’s state, with one writing: “So far, Madonna is drunk and constantly missing cues.” Another added: “Madonna is performing to tell her son to come home. So moving. And drunk.”
Rocco Needs Saving
One of the most emotional points of the evening came when Madonna readied herself to sing the track Intervention, which begins with the line: “I got to save my baby”. An image of Rocco as a toddler flashed up on the screen behind her and Madonna struggled to control her emotions as she told her fans: “Everybody knows the saga of me and my son Rocco. It’s not a fun story to tell or think about. I probably would have enjoyed myself a bit more on this tour if he hadn’t have disappeared so suddenly. I’m going to dedicate this song to him.” The singer hasn’t seen Rocco since he refused to return to his mother in New York following a stay with his London-based father in December. Madonna has pursued legal action in both the UK and the Big Apple, where earlier this month, Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Deborah Kaplan urged the two sides to find an amicable solution for the sake of Rocco. That case was adjourned until 1 June, while Justice Alistair MacDonald concurred with Kaplan’s advice during a preliminary London hearing last week.
Lourdes Leads the Fight
One person trying to help Madge is her daughter Lourdes Leon, who’s scared her mum could have a “stress-induced meltdown.” Lourdes is doing what she can to reconnect Madonna and Rocco because she’s “very concerned,” a source told The Sun newspaper. “Madonna has no official access or way of knowing what’s going on in Rocco’s life,” the insider added. “And Guy wants to conduct all business through lawyers. Madonna is so proud of Lourdes, she believes she is proof of what a brilliant mum she was because she is now at university.” Things seem to be going a lot better for Lourdes than they are for the rest of her family. The 19-year-old has been announced as the face of Stella McCartney’s new fragrance, Pop. The arts student is one of four young women who are representing the brand in a new campaign that is aimed at capturing the “free-spirited attitude of the young women who wear it.” Musician Grimes (real name Claire Boucher), actress and campaigner Amandla Stenberg and animal activist Kenya Kinski Jones will also feature