Madonna has caused concern among her fans after some said she appeared to be tipsy during a show in Melbourne, Sky News reports. The Queen of Pop is reported to have arrived on stage four hours late before asking for two Cosmopolitan cocktails to be brought to her.
The 57-year-old’s behaviour on her Rebel Heart tour has been described as erratic by some as the singer continues her custody battle with ex-husband Guy Ritchie over their son Rocco. Madonna, dressed as a clown, told the audience she had never drunk alcohol on stage before.
“One thing I want to do that I haven’t done before is drink on stage,” she said. But she then continued to explain that there was no way she could perform her high-energy shows drunk.”You think I could get through my big show drunk? Hell no.” Twitter user @ladycyanide wrote: “So #TearsOfAClown update!! So far, Madonna is drunk, is constantly missing cues and having to re-do, oh and they’re 3 mins over venue curfew.”
The delay to the start of the one-off Tears Of A Clown show, which reportedly began around 1am, was said to be due to Madonna rehearsing. But last week in New Zealand she failed to appear on stage until 10.30pm, despite fans being told it would begin at 8.30pm. On Thursday she joked: “I’m not making any money on this tour because of all my late fines.”
Rocco, 15, attended a hearing at the High Court in London with his father and his wife Jacqui Ainsley on Thursday. A judge has said he “fervently hopes” an amicable decision can be reached between his parents which is in his best interest.
Sky News has contacted Madonna’s publicist for a comment.