Giorgio Armani: Madonna “Is Very Difficult”

The pop music world was abuzz with the news of Madonna’s headline-worthy fall from the stage of the Brit Awards last week during a performance of her new single, “Living for Love.”

But the designer of the costume, now famous for it’s wardrobe malfunction, says the fault lies with the Queen of Pop:

“Madonna, as we all know, is very difficult,” the Italian fashion designer told the AP with a smile on Feb. 27. Armani claimed Madonna, 56, was well aware of the fact that her bullfighter’s cape was constructed to be secured with a hook closure, but the singer insisted on it being tied. “That’s all there was to it,” Armani added.

But Madge has a different version of the story, shared on The Jonathan Ross Show:

“I was told to tie my cape and start much further back and I had to walk further, and everyone was worried my cape would slide off, so they tied it really tight around my neck,” Madonna told Ross. “I got to the top of the stairs and I pulled the silky string, and it wouldn’t come undone…I had two choices: I could either be strangled or fall, and I chose to fall.”

“So here I am marching in like the queen, I got to the top of the stairs and I pulled the silky string and it wouldn’t come undone,” she said. “My two lovely dancers basically strangled me off the stage.”