Madonna “wouldn’t have survived that fall” during her performance at the Brit awards if she had not been in good shape, she has said.
In an interview with the New York Times, the singer attributed her remaining relatively unscathed to her knowing how to fall as a result of riding horses, and to something a little less earthly.
“I have core strength, and I know that saved me,” she said. “That and my guardian angels. I believe that there’s the physical world and the metaphysical world and I do believe that they are intertwined – as above, so below. So I think both were at work in the protection of me.”
Madonna did not clarify whether, when talking of being saved and of having “survived”, she believed her fall down three steps at the Brits, when she was pulled backwards by a dancer when her cape failed to open, was life-threatening.
She said the fall itself was painless at the time. “I didn’t feel anything when it happened,” she said. “I just remember falling backward, and I hit the back of my head. But I had so much adrenaline pumping, and I was so taken by surprise that I just was, OK, I have to keep going. So I just got back onstage and I just kept going.”
This article was written by Guardian music, for theguardian.com on Friday 6th March 2015 09.32 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010