People around Madonna allegedly think she’s losing it. So said a source who spoke with Page Six, saying that her friends have been trying to talk her out of the Quarantine Diaries series that she’s been doing on Instagram. Listen, Madonna told y’all in the year 2000 that you can’t tell her nothing.
Madonna was forced to cancel the end of her Madame X tour because of coronavirus, but things were messy even before Madame X was taken out by COVID-19. There were production delays, lawsuits over her starting her show late, and the “overwhelming” toll the show took on her body. And now that we’ve all been forced to quarantine, Madge isn’t stepping out of the spotlight to rest her busted-up bones. She’s entertaining her 15 million Instagram followers by warbling out her love of fried fish, going on about how this virus is the great equalizer while luxuriating in her tub, and waxing poetic while in front of a typewriter. In some of the videos, she talks about losing three friends “in the last 24 hours”–unclear if she meant from COVID–and also shows us the weed gummies she eats for her hip pain. The most recent one features a fake bird in a cage and she talks about “resurrection”.
So apparently, friends are cringing over these videos and one source “who has worked with Madonna in recent years and has ties to her inner circle” said this to Page Six:
“I worshipped her, we all did. I still do, but I’m disappointed. It’s like she’s selling out to keep getting attention and she doesn’t know how weird she’s coming off. I keep hoping she’ll snap out of it.”
Just last week, Rosie O’Donnell talked to Howard Stern on his SiriusXM show and he asked her about Madonna’s latest reinvention as a modern-day Norma Desmond:
Howard Stern grilled Rosie O’Donnell about her friend Madonna last week, referencing the “milk bath” video and asking if Rosie can ever “be honest” with Madonna and tell her she’s coming off badly. Rosie said yes, but Madonna “won’t listen.”
Apparently people are also getting tired of Madonna’s young boy toys. But if you watched her diaries, you’d know her new boyfriend, 25-year-old dancer Ahlamalik Williams, is not just some boy toy and actually is a musician with very “unique and brilliant” music, thankyouverymuch. Sources claim that her former publicist, Liz Rosenberg, was the only person who could talk some sense into her. Brad Jeffries, her choreographer of many years who did the Like A Virgin tour, said:
“No one around her today can tell her anything. Liz could, but she’s gone. That’s why [Madonna] seems to be going so deep into the crazy right now. I defend her right to sleep with 25-year-olds because if she were a 61-year-old guy sleeping with 25-year-old women no one would blink an eye. But the way she’s doing it comes off a little desperate… It must be killing her to begin to feel irrelevant.. That girl was so smart, so driven, so focused, she could have been a major CEO. She had incredible powers of seduction and had more balls than any guy I ever met–more than any world leader.. But she’s lived her whole adult life in a white-hot spotlight and now it’s dimmed to a 30-watt bulb. For someone like her, that’s gotta hurt. Her idea of hell is walking into a room and people either not knowing who she is or not caring.”
Oh, I see the Library is an essential service because it’s still open.
But that’s not the end of it. Another source, who was a former member of the Kabbalah Centre and has known Madonna for decades, said her ex-husband, Guy Ritchie, is the reason why she dates these young dudes:
“Guy Ritchie broke her. He wouldn’t take any crap from her and she couldn’t handle it. He was the last of her alpha males… Frankly, most guys her age who she would want, [they] want 25-year-olds themselves.”
Another source, who worked with her for two decades, said:
“What you’re seeing is a performance. Nothing with her is unplanned. I feel for her about the [physical] injuries but she’s also [seemingly] playing the vulnerable-victim card because it’s worked so well for younger artists.”
But there’s one person who is on her side. Ed Steinberg, the producer of her first video Everybody, said this:
“She is crazy smart and will not fade away. She’s reinvented herself 12 times and now she’s doing it again. Her most outstanding quality is needing attention. I would not write her off. She will rise again.”
At least she has Ed. I’m sure that Madge really cares about this, and will show she cares in another episode of her Quarantine Diaries where she’ll dry hump on her boy toy piece while smashing 30-watt bulbs with a bat and singing Brad Don’t Preach to the tune of Papa Don’t Preach.