The singer called into Ryan Seacrest’s radio show Friday morning and finally shared her sentiments on the rapper’s naughty hand gesture and the headlines it made in wake of the show.
Sarcastically calling it “punk rock,” Madge said she didn’t realize it happened until after she walked off the stage, noting that she couldn’t keep track of everything that was happening while the performance was taking place. But, once she did find out, she wasn’t amused by her “Give Me All Your Luvin’ ” collaborator’s actions.
“I was really surprised. I didn’t know anything about it. I wasn’t happy about it. I understand it’s punk rock and everything, but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy and positivity; it seemed negative,” she said. “It’s such a teenager, irrelevant thing to do. … There was such a feeling of love and unity there. What was the point? It was just out of place.”
She later added that despite the snafu she “was overwhelmed. I started crying. I felt an incredible sense of warmth, love, and support. To see an entire stadium light up like candles it was … like a religious experience.”
Much like Madonna, fellow Super Bowl halftime performer Cee Lo Green had no idea that M.I.A. had given the middle finger during the show. “Honestly, I did not hear anything about it,” he continued. “There was no talk about it in the dressing room afterwards and we didn’t stay long after the performance because it was honestly a relief we had had it done. So I didn’t hear anything until I got up to do the morning show, ’Today.’ And television is a very sensitive [thing].”
With that controversy behind her, Madge is looking to the future. She’s next set to start work on her world tour and shoot her video for the second MDNA single, “Girls Gone Wild.”
As for those rumors that Britney Spears is on the track she said, “No, it’s just little, ol’ me. She can come on stage and perform with me.”
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