General News

Law firm hackers shift ransom target from Trump to Madonna

The hackers who stole confidential files about stars including Lady Gaga from an A-list power lawyer claim to have sold all their “dirty laundry” on President Trump to a secret buyer, and now they’re demanding at least $1 million for details on Madonna.

Hacking group REvil cyberattacked top entertainment attorney Allen Grubman’s NYC law firm and stole 756 gigabytes of documents on stars including Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey and U2. They doubled their ransom demand to $42 million last week after Grubman refused to pay, stating the FBI considered the hack “an act of terrorism.”

The hackers upped the ante by posting on the dark web, “The next person we’ll be publishing is Donald Trump … We found a ton of dirty laundry.” It was not clear why the hackers connected Grubman to Trump, who has never been a client of the lawyer’s firm.

Then on Monday, REvil revealed the Trump documents were off the market, stating, “Interested people contacted us and agreed to buy all the data about the US president … We are pleased with the deal and keep our word.” They added, “We are preparing to auction Madonna data … The buyer has the right to do whatever he sees fit with the data.”

It is not known what was in the alleged Trump trove, but sources who viewed a sample on the hackers’ site said it related to snarky mentions of Trump in emails from Grubman’s clientele.

Brett Callow, from cybersecurity firm Emsisoft, told Page Six, “What information REvil had on Trump we may likely never know. But they were almost certainly bluffing about it being ‘presidency-ending material.’ But let’s assume this is being treated as a terrorist matter, perhaps because of Trump, so the law firm was prevented from paying the ransom or negotiating.

“The hackers were also prevented from making any money, so they went to Plan B, removing Trump from the deal and instead auctioning off the celebs’ information separately.”

From PageSix


Madonna reveals she's set to undergo regenerative treatment for missing cartilage

Madonna has revealed she is set to undergo 'regenerative treatment' in a bid to relieve pain in her knee.

The iconic singer, 61, told fans that she is 'missing cartilage', after having to cancel a string of tour dates due to injury earlier this year.

Sharing a photo of herself wearing black lingerie and a net bodysuit, the star wrote on Instagram: 'Finally going to get my regenerative treatment for my missing cartilage!! I would be jumping up and down if I could after 8 months of being in pain. Wish me luck!'

Regenerative medicine seeks to develop techniques to regrow or replace damaged cells, tissues or organs to restore their function.

From Evening Standard


Madonna has donated so much money that she may legally become the EU's newest member

As if 2020 wasn't weird enough already, Madonna may end up replacing the United Kingdom as a member state of the European Union.

Because of an obscure EU law unearthed by Politico's Paul Dallison, Madonna can join the organisation because she pledged more money to fight coronavirus than several of its actual members.

Madonna pledged $1m during an online summit held by EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen aimed at raising money to research coronavirus vaccine development and produce tests.

$8bn (£6.5bn) was pledged altogether from 40 countries and donors from the EU and beyond, including £388m from the UK.

Madonna's donation puts her ahead of Estonia and Lithuania, who didn't donate, and the US and Russia who didn't take part.

Because of the UK's recent departure from the EU, Madonna could theoretically step in.

The queen of pop would be well placed to take up our absent spot, given that she lived here for almost a decade whilst married to English director Guy Ritchie.

And who's to say the 'mother of reinvention' isn't up for a new, if not slightly bizarre, chapter of her career?

To qualify for full membership status, Madonna would in fact need to be an actual country, and we're not exactly sure how she'd go about reinventing herself as such. However, if she managed it, it would be pretty simple for her to join the EU: she'd just have to agree to uphold article two of the Treaty on European Union: upholding "human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities".

She might also have to rustle up some legislation that she could then whip into line with EU laws.

But if it all proved too much, it's not like she can't leave.

Madgexit anyone?

From indy100.com


Madonna says she caught coronavirus on tour in Paris

Madonna battled coronavirus during her 'Madame X' tour in March, along with a number of others working on her live show.

The 61-year-old singer recently revealed she has antibodies for the respiratory condition and sparked confusion when she was then seen out and about, but she's now explained she actually fell ill some time ago, along with a number of others working on her live show.

Alongside an image of a news article explaining she has donated over $1 million to help find a vaccine, she wrote:
'I'm Grateful that I can be a part of supporting Research to Find the cure for Covid -19!! And just to clear things up for people who would rather believe sensationalist headlines than do their own research about the nature of this virus, I am not currently sick. When you test positive for anti-bodies it means you HAD the virus which I. clearly did as I was sick at the end of my tour in Paris over 7 weeks ago along with many other artists in my show but at the time. We all thought we had a very bad flu. Thank God we are all healthy and well now. Hope that clears things up for the band wagon jumpers!! Knowledge is Power! #covid19 (sic)'

The 'Hung Up' hitmaker revealed she had tested positive for coronavirus antibodies last week when she explained she was looking forward to going out for a ''long drive'' after weeks in lockdown.

She said: 'I took a test the other day. I found out I have the antibodies, so tomorrow I'm just going to go for a long drive in the car. I'm going to roll down the window, I'm going to roll down the window and breathe in the COVID-19 air.'

In contrast to Madonna's claims, the World Health Organisation has warned there's 'no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection'.

From contactmusic.com


Madonna celebrates Steven Klein's birthday in Bridgehampton

Pop icon Madonna has stoked controversy after attending celebrity photographer Steven Klein's birthday party days after claiming in a video that she had tested positive for coronavirus antiboides, which would indicate that she had been exposed to the virus. The 61-year-old singer was pictured ignoring social distancing rules at the party, hugging and standing very close to Mr Klein who is a longtime friend and neighbour. The party was held either at Madonna's or Mr Klein's home - both live in Bridgehampton, New York. Most guests at the party attended virtually via Zoom; Madonna was one of the handful of in-person attendees.

Madonna has been criticised for attending a social gathering, especially because her quarantine companions include her children, two of whom are very young. Comments on social media have also pointed out that none of the guests who attended in-person were wearing masks or social distancing. USA has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.

Celebrity manager Michele L Ruiz, who works with Madonna, shared a video and wrote indignantly that "She was in her own home... There were about 5 people that came to her home (or Steven's?) to celebrate Steven's birthday, and all these people have been quarantined for over a month as well. Please stop the madness. She would never put herself or her children at risk."

From ndtv.com


Madonna wants to ‘breathe Covid-19 air’ as she discovers she has ‘antibodies’

Madonna determined to breathe in ‘Covid-19 air’ after learning she has the anti-bodies to ‘protect her’.

The Like A Virgin singer created a film noir style Quarantine Diary explaining that she had a test done for coronavirus and was told she has tested negative. Of course, the first thing she wanted to do was drive around town with the windows down.

She began: ‘Quarantine Diaries 14. I think it’s quite significant that the paper I’m typing on just caught on fire and consumed my paper,’ before picking up the paper and feigned looking worried.

‘I took a test the other day,’ the 61-year-old said. ‘And I found out that I have the antibodies so tomorrow I’m just going to go on a long drive in a car, roll down the windows and I’m going to breathe in the Covid-19 air. ‘I hope the sun is shining. I have not been wanting to write lately but that does not mean I’m not thinking, thinking about what I want to write or want to say.’

The star went on to discuss how actions are more important than words before she jokingly began talking to her candle. She said: ‘You must now go to bed, you naughty little candle.’

From Metro.co.uk


Madonna and activists send 100,000 surgical masks to jails and prisons

Madonna is partnering with Meek Mill's advocacy group REFORM Alliance to send much-needed personal protective equipment to jails and prisons which have become coronavirus hotspots across the country.

More than 50,000 surgical masks will be donated to Chicago's Cook County Jail, which has been hit hard by the pandemic. Six inmates have died, while 210 staffers and 235 inmates have tested positive, according to the county sheriff's department. Another 192 detainees and 120 staffers have recovered from the virus.

The Louisiana Department of Corrections will also receive 20,000 masks, while another 30,000 will be sent to California's Vacaville Prison, FCI Ray Brook in New York and the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department in Massachusetts.

REFORM and Madonna's Ray of Light Foundation worked with several activist groups for the initiative, including apparel company Pair of Thieves, The Bail Project and #cut50.

'More than 2 million lives in prisons across America are currently at stake due to the COVID-19 pandemic,' REFORM co-chair Michael Rubin said in a statement. 'It's absolutely crucial that we protect our inmates and prison staff, especially since social distancing guidelines are difficult to abide by in these facilities.'

Earlier this month, REFORM sent 100,000 face masks to facilities including the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman and Rikers Island jail complex in New York City.

From CBS News


Madonna says she's lost three people in 24 hours in 'quarantine diary'

Madonna has shared her latest “quarantine diary” in which she says she has lost three people in 24 hours.

The Queen of Pop, 61, has regularly been updating fans during the coronavirus lockdown.

Her latest Instagram video sees her tapping away on a typewriter as she reveals she has lost three people close to her.

“We can’t always have a good day … I didn’t sleep last night, not one minute and today I have been dysfunctional,” she starts the message.

The singer goes on: “The pain-o-meter was on 10 and when it’s on 10, I just need to, want to, have to, get out of my body.

“The burning spear makes its way into the core of me and slithers down my leg, and I can concentrate on nothing except the idea of escape, and I wonder what form that will take.”

Madonna then announces that in the last 24 hours her cousin, her security guard’s brother and dance music executive Orlando Puerta - who the star worked with - had died.

“These three people I have lost in the last 24 hours,” she said.

“Today wasn’t a good day,” she added. “I’m over it.”

Madonna did not give details of how the three people died.

From Yahoo! News


Madonna Donates $1 Million to Gates Philanthropy Partners’ Coronavirus-Relief Efforts

Madonna has donated $1 million to the Gates Philanthropy Partners’ COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, a rep for the organization confirmed to Variety.

'Her contribution is alongside the commitments by the Gates Foundation, Wellcome, Mastercard, U.K. Government and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative - all partners in the initiative,' the rep said, clarifying that 'The money will go through the COVID-19 Response Fund operated by Gates Philanthropy Partners, so not directly to the Gates Foundation.'

In a statement on her website, Madonna wrote:

'I’m joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation effort to find a drug that will prevent or treat COVID-19. We need this to protect our health workers, the most vulnerable, and all of our friends and families.'

'I’m talking about this: I am so impressed by the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator’s urgent efforts to find new or existing drugs that could effectively prevent or treat the disease. Harnessing the strength and knowledge of the research community, the Accelerator’s critical scientific progress will inform how we end this pandemic and prevent future impact from the virus. I send enormous gratitude and strength to the courageous first responders, medical professionals and scientists who are protecting our communities, those suffering and our most vulnerable.'

An excerpt from an update on the Accelerator’s progress posted on its website reads: 'There are two trials starting pretty much simultaneously, using chloroquine and a drug with a slightly different structure, hydroxychloroquine. Now, you may have heard of the WHO SOLIDARITY Trial that was announced two weeks ago, which will look at chloroquine as a treatment for people who are sick, to see if it shortens the duration of their sickness. The two Accelerator studies are looking instead at prophylaxis - stopping people exposed to the virus from getting sick.

'From the existing data, which need validation in a trial, it looks like hydroxychloroquine could be a good agent for prophylaxis. It actually blocks the entry of the virus into the cell, so the hypothesis makes a lot of sense: if you have the drug in your system and you get exposed, you won’t let the virus get into your cells and you won’t get onset of disease. That is what the trials are aimed at showing.

From Variety


Madonna Honors Desperately Seeking Susan Costar Mark Blum, Who Died from Coronavirus Complications

Madonna is mourning the loss of her Desperately Seeking Susan costar Mark Blum, who died due to complications associated with the novel coronavirus.

“I Want to Acknowledge the Passing of a remarkable Human, fellow actor and friend Mark Blum, who succumbed to Coronavirus,” the actress and singer, 61, wrote of her onscreen love interest in a touching social media tribute, shared alongside two stills from the film on Thursday.

“This is really tragic and my heart goes out to him, his family and his loved ones. I remember him as funny warm, loving and professional when we made Desperately Seeking Susan in 1985!!” she added.

As she concluded her post, Madonna wrote that Blum’s death at 69 is “another reminder that this virus is no joke, nothing to be casual about or pretend wont affect us in some way.”

“We need to stay grateful -be hopeful- help each other-and follow the quarantine rules!” she added.

News of Blum’s death was reported on Wednesday and later confirmed on Thursday by his representatives.

The character actor, who was born in New Jersey, began his career on the stage before taking on a series of notable film and television roles, although he remained a regular fixture on the New York City stage for the rest of his life.

His death was also mourned by many of his costars and collaborators, including Rosanna Arquette, another Desperately Seeking Susan costar. “I’m so deeply sad for his family and for his fans,” she wrote. “He was a wonderful actor and a very good and kind man. May you Rest In Peace and power mark. God bless you.”

Judith Light, who starred alongside Blum in the 2013 Broadway production of The Assembled Parties, his last Broadway credit, remembered their time together onstage as a “true joy.”

“Mark Blum, so generous, so kind, so humble, so talented. Our time together in the play The Assembled Parties at MTC was a true joy,” she wrote. “May he rest in peace knowing that he transformed the lives of so many and was cherished by so many; me among them.”

Blum is survived by his wife, stage and screen actress Janet Zarish, also 69.

From People.com


Madonna Brings You the Fish-Fry Remix of 'Vogue' You Didn't Know You Needed

It's Lenten Friday, and though she's a good Catholic, Madonna couldn't get out to a fish fry because, well, like the rest of us, she's on a coronavirus quarantine. 'Living in Special Times,' she wrote alongside a post in which she sings a special fish-fry remix of her iconic 1990 hit 'Vogue' in her bathroom.

'C'mon, go, let's go eat some fried fish (fried fish)!,' she sings into a hairbrush, while lamenting the supermarket frenzies that have cleared the shelves of pasta as some Americans continue to stockpile staples for what promises to be a long, lonely spring.

Plenty of artists have taken to singing and dancing in their bathrooms, bedrooms and yards during this COVID-19 social-distancing period, from Kelly Clarkson to Jennifer Lopez, Norah Jones, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Niall Horan.

From Billboard.com


Bringing in the New Year as best I can!

Bringing in the New Year as best I can with 2 injuries! And yes Im paying for it today....... but i dont regret it because if Ive learned one lesson in life its to have No regrets!!! Ever!!!

Life is a journey, a process, and we all make mistakes and we learn from them and move on!! 2019 kicked my ass and taught Madame ❌ some very expensive lessons but she would not trade them for anything for what we risk reveals what we value...........And I am so very blessed and grateful for all the beautiful experiences and souls I have encountered and created with and fallen in love with this past year! ♥️ Here’s to another decade of dreams and Evolution #newyear #newbeginnings #health #happiness #love


Madonna Fuels Romance Rumors With 25-Year-Old Dancer Ahlamalik Williams

Madonna sure loves a holiday!

As the music icon gets ready to say goodbye to 2019, pop culture fans are buzzing over her latest Instagram photos with a familiar face.

On Tuesday morning, Madonna shared two pictures with her rumored boyfriend Ahlamalik Williams while sailing on a private boat.

'Saying Good-bye to 2019! We Continue to Swim with Sharks! And Take the Road Less Traveled by!!' she captioned the shots. '#fun #healing #davidbanda @ahla_malik.'

While one of the shots includes her son David Banda, 14, fans couldn't help but wonder if Ahlamalik—a 25-year-old backup dancer—was enjoying the trip as a friend or something more.

Earlier this month, Ahlamalik was spotted putting his hands around Madonna's waist on a hotel balcony in Miami.

He's also been able to be part of the singer's Madame X Tour as seen on social media. At this time, however, these two aren't confirming anything.

From E! Online


Madonna heads to London with boyfriend and brood amid Guy Ritchie ‘legal clash’

Madonna was pictured surrounded by her brood as she headed to London following the festive period. The 61-year-old was joined by her boyfriend Ahlamalik Williams, as she made her way through New York’s John F. Kennedy airport with her daughters Estere and Stelle, seven, and their big sister Lourdes Leon, 23.

She appeared to be in high spirits, despite recently canceling a string of tour dates, as she wrapped her arm around her little one while smiling at the camera. And it seems the iconic singer barely attempted to go incognito through the building, as she was dressed in an extravagant black coat with lace on the sleeves while rocking her statement fingerless gloves and pink-tinted shades. Meanwhile, her beau was dressed head-to-toe in black as Lourdes was prepared for the long haul flight in her grey trackies and pink jacket.

Madge’s appearance comes after the mother-of-six found herself in a legal clash with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie. The 51-year-old director allegedly filed a motion in their divorce case asking for the ‘enforcement or execution of a judgement or order’. It’s said the motion was put forward on 23 December, according to DailyMail.com. The timing may suggest that the exes have disagreed over where some of Madonna’s children should be spending Christmas. However, it looks like their 14-year-old son spent time with Guy, as he posed with his dad and brother Rocco, 19, in a Boxing Day snap.

From Metro.co.uk

PRC_115185048

Madonna and Guy Ritchie ‘locked in legal clash just days before Christmas’

Madonna and Guy Ritchie have reportedly become embroiled in a legal clash just days before Christmas. Director Guy, 51, has allegedly filed a motion in their divorce case asking for the ‘enforcement or execution of a judgement or order’. The motion was put forward on 23 December, according to DailyMail.com. The timing may suggest that the exes have disagreed over where some of Madonna’s six children should be spending the festive period. Judge Deborah Kaplan has allegedly not made a decision yet on the case brought to Manhattan Supreme Court – which is said to deal with disputes over children.

Madonna, 61, and Guy have a son Rocco, 19, together. The former couple - who divorced in 2008 - waged a public custody battle over Rocco, which ended in 2016 with Rocco being allowed to live in London with Guy. The pop songstress and filmmaker previously clashed over where Rocco would spend Christmas in 2015.

Rocco - who was 15 at the time - ended up staying with Guy, but Judge Kaplan ruled that he had to return to America some time before starting school. Madonna, 52, has six children. During her eight-year marriage to Guy, Madonna adopted David Banda, 14, from Malawi. David has recently been spending time with Guy in the UK. The Material Girl singer has four other children: Lourdes, 23, Mercy James, 13, who was adopted from Malawi, as were twins Stella and Estere, seven. Guy married Jacqui Ainsley in 2015 and they have three children together.

From Metro.co.uk


Madonna marks World AIDS Day


Antonio Banderas Says He Had 'No Idea' Madonna Was Pursuing Him in the '90s

Before they costarred in the 1996 film Evita, Madonna had a major crush on Antonio Banderas - and he had no clue.

The actor, 59, spoke about the pop singer’s crush on him during an interview on Sirius XM’s The Jess Cagle Show on Friday while promoting his Pedro Almodovar film Pain and Glory.

'A lot of people in America actually became aware of you when Madonna did her Truth or Dare documentary where she spent a great deal of the movie obsessing over you and how you wouldn’t call her back,' Jess Cagle told Banderas.

The actor nodded and said, 'I had no idea. She called me, and I was finishing the Mambo Kings here in Los Angeles and she called me. I thought someone was playing a joke on me because I picked up the phone and it was Madonna, I couldn’t believe it.'

'She said, ‘Listen, I want to show you this documentary that you’re in.’ I said, ‘What documentary? What’re you talking about?'' Banderas recalled.

The actor said the 'Material Girl' singer offered him the chance to remove the scenes he was in if he was uncomfortable, but ultimately, he was fine with it.

The documentary was released in 1991 and chronicled Madonna’s controversial 1990 'Blond Ambition' international tour, including behind-the-scenes footage of her tour and life.

In one scene, Madonna explains whom Banderas was to an American audience who wasn’t familiar with him at the time.

'Antonio Banderas is this Spanish actor that I’ve had a crush on for two years,' Madonna said in the documentary. 'I’ve seen every movie that Antonio has ever done. I have to say he’s one of the few actors that I was dying to meet.'

When the singer traveled to Madrid to visit Almodovar, one of Banderas’ frequent collaborators, she became visibly excited at the prospect of meeting the actor at a party held in her honor.

'I spent the whole week psyching myself up for this party that I’m going to and I have it all worked out in my head: I’m going to make Antiono fall madly in love with me,' she said. 'Although there’s this one major obstacle that I never really counted on: his wife.'

Banderas was married to Spanish actress Ana Leza at the time. The two divorced in 1996, and that same year he married actress Melanie Griffith after they starred in the comedy Two Much.

The actor and Madonna would eventually work together in the 1996 film Evita, in which Madonna portrayed the first lady of Argentina and Banderas played the revolutionary Che Guevara.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly‘s Couch Surfing in 2018, Banderas spoke about what it was like working with Madonna on the film.

'Madonna is probably one of the most committed artists I’ve ever worked with,' he said. 'She was totally into this character, it was great working with her.'

From People.com


Live Nation Sued Over Madonna’s Performance at Eurovision Song Contest

Madonna’s Eurovision performance earlier this year was panned by many critics. Now she’s being sued over it as well.

The KAN Israeli public broadcaster, which produced the Eurovision Song Contest in May, filed a lawsuit in a Tel Aviv court on Thursday against Live Nation and Live Nation Israel. The suit, first reported by Israel’s Yediot Aharonot daily, alleges that Madonna’s representatives violated the terms of their agreement and reneged on financial promises.

A spokeswoman for KAN confirmed that the suit was filed, but declined to comment further. According to online court records, KAN is suing Live Nation for 1.375 million shekels ($390,000). A date for an initial hearing in the case has not been set yet. Live Nation Israel did not respond to a request for comment.

According to the court filing, KAN provided Madonna with technical and logistical support that went beyond the Eurovision production, costs that were supposed to be covered by the singer’s team. The additional support included projectors, headphones, additional stage assistants, tents, security and other extra staff. KAN alleges that Live Nation agreed to cover those costs but never paid up, and attempts to recoup the money since the show have been unsuccessful.

Madonna’s appearance fee for the 2019 Eurovision was covered by Canadian-Israeli billionaire Sylvan Adams. KAN publicly battled with the Israeli government over funding for the show, and was forced to take out a 70 million shekel loan (about $20 million) to cover the costs.

The Material Girl’s Eurovision performance was controversial from the start. After drawn-out negotiations, Madonna signed a contract only two days before she took the stage during the show’s grand finale. And KAN producers and the Eurovision organizers were not pleased that the singer displayed Israeli and Palestinian flags on the backs of two dancers during the show, something that had not appeared during rehearsals.

From Variety Via Yahoo! News


Madonna Is Secretly an Art World Influencer

Madonna has made her impact on earth known in countless ways in the 60 years that she’s been here. But not all of her impacts are so obvious. And this includes her influence on the art world: Beyond pioneering the crossover between pop and art by hanging with the likes of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and her former flame Jean-Michel Basquiat in New York in the ’80s, Madonna’s art world impact has been made almost entirely behind the scenes.

Take for example, Basquiat, whom Madonna dated in the early ’80s, when they were both on the brink of fame. Now one of the most popular artists on the market, Basquiat died in 1988, at just 28 years old, meaning that there’s only so much of his work out there to be bought and put on display (which is partly why his work continues to break records at auction). And, as Madonna revealed to Howard Stern in 2015, there’s even less of it because of his reaction to their breakup in 1984.

Since it wasn’t out of the ordinary for Madonna to wake up in the middle of the night and find that Basquiat wasn’t lying in bed but was on his feet painting, it’s only natural that over the course of a couple of years Madonna came to own quite a few pieces of Basquiat’s art. Those, however, will never be seen. 'When I broke up with him, he made me give [the paintings he gave me] back to him, and then he painted over them black,' she told Stern.

It’s unclear just how many Basquiats we lost to spite - Madonna was hardly the only notable woman he dated, although certainly the most notable - but we do know there’s only a single Frida Kahlo that Madonna has been keeping from the public eye, thankfully. Unfortunately, it happens to be arguably one of the most amazing works Kahlo ever produced. Painted in 1932, My Birth is true to its title: It’s a self-portrait, but Kahlo’s head isn’t in its usual place, atop her shoulders - instead, it is in the process of emerging from the womb. It’s quite a sight to see, and quite a privilege to see it, given that Madonna turned down the Detroit Institute of Arts’ many pleas to feature it in a 2015 exhibition of the works that Kahlo made while she and Diego Rivera lived in Detroit. ('You have no idea what we went through,' the institute’s adjunct curator said at the time.)

Madonna had, in fact, loaned the painting to the Tate back in 2005, and wouldn’t have exactly been artless without it; as Vanity Fair reported in 1990, back then, at least, she also owned works by Diego Rivera, Man Ray, Weegee, Tina Modotti, Herb Ritts, and even Fernand Léger. To be fair, her appreciation for the work seems to be the reason behind her unwillingness to share it: 'If somebody doesn’t like this painting,' Madonna told the magazine, 'then I know they can’t be my friend.'

For all the great art Madonna has effectively kept from us, she’s also gone out of her way to bring art to the mainstream - not exactly surprising, given that she’s a fan of artists like Banksy and JR, who remind her of Basquiat and Haring. 'You can see Banksy’s work driving by it on the street, and JR’s work - the way he takes photographs of people and turns them into heroes in their communities and makes people proud of who they are,' she told David Blaine in 2014, adding that her son was even interning for JR.

Madonna has brought art to the streets herself in a way too, like when she used the video Green Pink Caviar by the provocative New York–based artist Marilyn Minter, with whom she’s friends, as the backdrop for a portion of her Sticky and Sweet tour, preceding its stint as part of a public art project in Los Angeles. More recently, Madonna also fundraised for her nonprofit Raising Malawi by launching a contest that would give two 'art world virgins' the chance to accompany her to Art Basel Miami Beach for an ultra-exclusive, up-close look at a plethora of blue chip art (and, as it turned out, at her twerking with Ariana Grande, which has likely only appreciated in market value since).

From W Magazine


Madonna supports Miley Cyrus after singer denies cheating on Liam Hemsworth

Madonna has thrown her weight behind Miley Cyrus after the popstar posted a furious response to claims she cheated on her husband Liam Hemsworth.

The pop legend, 61, praised Cyrus, 26, telling her that she was a 'woman who has lived' and 'did not need' to apologise for any previous exploits.

In the Instagram post and series of tweets, Cyrus stated it was 'no secret' she partied, experimented with drugs and previously cheated on her ex boyfriends, but said she remained faithful to Hemsworth, 29, during their relationship.

Cyrus said: 'The truth is, once Liam & I reconciled, I meant it, & I was committed. There are NO secrets to uncover here.'

'You can say I am a twerking, pot smoking , foul mouthed hillbilly but I am not a liar.'

As noted by Instagram account Comments By Celebs, Madonna joined several other celebrities including Victoria’s Secret supermodels Taylor Hill, 23, and Lily Aldridge, 33, and actress Shailene Woodley, 27, in showing support for Cyrus, with Madonna writing: 'Thank God. You are human! A woman has lived. No need to apologise!@

Cyrus has previously stated how she looked up to Madonna as a child, and the pair performed a mash-up of Madonna’s Don’t Tell Me and Cyrus’ We Can’t Stop in 2014 at an MTV performance.


Madame ❌ had too much fun at her Birthday Party!


How the ‘Queen of Pop’ continues to redefine stereotypes on older women

The influence that Madonna has had in the entertainment industry, in the media and on society as a whole has remained strong over the course of her 36-year career.

Despite her numerous accolades and record-breaking music sales - she's the best-selling female recording artist of all time - the 'Queen of Pop' has had to face persistent sexism and ageism throughout the years.

But Madonna has redefined the widespread stereotypes often attributed to older women time and time again, challenging hackneyed notions that people have about older women by being open with their sexuality, dating younger men and continuing to succeed in her career.

When receiving her Woman of the Year award at Billboard Women in Music 2016, the 'Like a Virgin' singer spoke about the rules that she had learnt that she was expected to abide by as a female performer.

'Do not age, because to age is a sin,' she said. 'You will be criticised, you will be vilified, and you will definitely not be played on the radio.'

Earlier this year, Madonna told The Cut that she would never stop calling the supposed social norms that older women are frequently expected to adhere to into question.

'I mean, who made those rules? Who says? I’m going to keep fighting it,' she said.

'10 to 20 years from now, it’s going to be normal. People are going to shut up.'

To read the rest of the article by Sabrina Barr visit uk.style.yahoo.com/madonna


Jean Paul Gaultier proposed to Madonna three times

Jean Paul Gaultier is a persistent man.

The fashion designer, 67, made an appearance on the British talk show 'This Morning' on Wednesday to celebrate his 50 years of working in the industry, confessing that he loves Madonna so much he proposed to her multiple times.

When asked by one of the hosts if he was in love with the 60-year-old pop icon, Gaultier said, 'I was kind of, I asked her to marry me three times … and she said no.'

But despite the Material Girl’s repeated refusals, the pair have remained close friends and continue to work together.

Gaultier designed many of the looks for her 2012 “MDNA” tour, and they even attended the 2018 'Heavenly Bodies' Met Gala as each other’s dates for the evening.

He also added that the famous cone bra he designed for the 'Like a Prayer' singer originally wasn’t made for her at all.

'I actually didn’t create the bra initially for her,' Gaultier explained. 'I have a teddy bear called Nanna and created it for her.'

From Page Six


Madonna Now Claims The Fifth-Most No. 1 Albums Among All Artists in the US

For a while, it looked like the race between Madonna and Bruce Springsteen for the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 this week would be a tight one, but now that all is said and done, it turns out it wasn’t as close as some might have imagined.

Madonna’s Madame X ended up on top, beating Springsteen’s Western Stars by almost exactly 30,000 equivalent units, securing the pop icon not only another chart-topper, but moving her up on the all-time ranking of the artists who have landed in the coveted position most often in the process.

With nine chart-owners to her credit, Madonna now claims the fifth-most No. 1 albums in U.S. history, and she’s tied with some of the greatest acts to ever record and release music. Three other familiar names, Eminem, Garth Brooks and The Rolling Stones, have also made it to the highest possible rung on the Billboard 200 nine times.

Just ahead of Madonna (and company) with 10 No. 1s is Elvis Presley, and in front of him come both Barbra Streisand and Bruce Springsteen, with 11 apiece. Had the latter beaten Madonna, he would have remained in third place among artists with the most No. 1s, but he would have altered the rest of the list.

In second place comes Jay-Z with 14 leaders, and in a relatively distant first remain The Beatles, whose 19 No. 1 albums continues to be the most impressive count of any act. In fact, while plenty of artists may join this list in the coming years, and while names like Springsteen, Streisand, Eminem, Madonna and more may add to their tallies, it’s possible that no one will ever challenge The Fab Four when it comes to the most chart-toppers on the Billboard 200.

From Forbes.com


Madame X in the city that never sleeps


Madonna heads back to New York for more Madame X duties

After a busy week of Madame X press and promotional duties in London, Madonna has now arrived back in New York City (see pictures below at the airport).

On Thursday she has a Q&A session at the iHeartRadio Theater and then later that night will appear on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Following that she has her Pride performance on Sunday 30 June, and then the tour prep starts!

16XyuD2w

For more pictures visit: www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz