On Tuesday night, Madonna finally bowed to pressure and removed the Swastica that had been superimposed on the French National Front leader Marine Le Pen’s face during the video backdrop for Nobody Knows Me for the duration of her MDNA tour.
Sneaky old bag. She knew that replacing it with a question mark would generate just as much publicity as keeping it there, plus, you really don’t want Marine’s very anti-American flying monkeys descending on your five-star hotel in the middle of the night and ruining your party with your ridiculously hot French toyboy.
The 54-year-old also apologised to frenemy Elton John during the sweltering Southern France gig. “I’m going to dedicate this next song to Mr. Elton John. I know he’s a big fan of mine” before winking and adding: “But you know what? I forgive him. You’ve gotta start somewhere” before launching into ‘Masterpiece’.
Drama erupted between the two ageing divas after that song, from her directional debut movie W.E, beat Elton’s animated film Gnomeo and Juliet to win a Golden Globe award.
Elton’s husband David wrote on Facebook: “Madonna. Best song???? F**k off!!! Madonna winning Best Original Song truly shows how these awards have nothing to do with merit.
“Her acceptance speech was embarrassing in its narcissism. And her criticism of Gaga shows how desperate she really is. [sic]“
After the final European gig on Tuesday, the Material Girl spent her time during the after-party gyrating for lover Brahim Zaibat on a stripper pole.