Rupert Everett Says He And Madonna Are Still Friends, Even After He Called Her A “Whiny Old Barmaid”
You’re probably looking at the above picture, and thinking, “Who is that lovely couple? Are they famous?” Well, yes. It’s actually Rupert Everett and Madonna over twenty years ago. Before the surgeons got to their faces. And before Rupert called Madonna a “whiny old barmaid” in his 2006 bio, “Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins”. But last week, during an appearance on the British talk show, Lorraine, Rupert insisted he and Madonna are actually still friends.
Here’s what Rupert said in the interview (via Page Six):
“I don’t think though that you ever made up with Madonna,” began host Lorraine Kelly. “Because I remember in your book you called her a whiny old barmaid, which I thought was quite an interesting description.”
“That was an experience working with her, wasn’t it?” she continued. “You get taken into the bubble of Madonna, but then when you’re out, you’re out.”
Everett disagreed, insisting that he no longer has any hard feelings towards the 62-year-old artist.
“Well, no, we are friends,” he told Kelly. “I’m a great admirer of her as a person. I think she as well is an amazing woman. And where tenacity has taken her is unbelievable. And so I have great respect for her.”
Ooo, I like Lorraine Kelly’s style. Someone did her shady research. Here’s the video of the interview:
But last month Rupert told Australia’s Stellar Magazine that they don’t see each other anymore. And it’s not like that’s pandemic-related, because corona never stopped Madge from socializing (via The Daily Mail):
When asked what became of his once close friendship with the American singer, 62, Rupert said: ‘We don’t see each other anymore. I do miss it.
‘She’s an amazing person and that part of my life was incredibly exciting. To be doing a film with her and to be a friend of hers and to have been such a fan of hers.’
But Rupert says the failure of their movie, The Next Best Thing, “was gigantic for me, like an outer-space explosion”. You remember that 2000 film. It’s the one where Madonna’s fake British accent comes out and she has a baby with her gay best friend. So, yeah, exactly the same plot as 1998’s The Object of My Affection (starring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd).
Rupert and Madonna were really close at one point. He even convinced her to cover “American Pie” for the film’s soundtrack, and performed the backing vocals on it. But I guess The Next Best Thing bombing derailed Rupert and Madonna’s friendship. And things got worse when Rupert called her a “whiny old barmaid” in his memoir, and also shared that he once witnessed Madge give Sean Penn a hand job under the table when they were together in the eighties:
‘She really didn’t like it (the book). I think it is very affectionate, and certainly with her I was very careful to only write things that were. But she felt it was an infringement of privacy,’ he said.
‘Goddesses like that are obsessed with their public image and want to control everything about it, so if anyone is to tell anyone anything about her it’s got to be her.’
‘Elephants don’t forget… She doesn’t trust me any more,’ he went on to say.
So Rupert says they’re friends but Madonna is still pissed at him. And even though he kiss-asses by referring to her as a “goddess”, he also called her an elephant (fat, grey, wrinkled). Yes, I’m sure that will go over well.
If you miss the Madonna-Rupert days, here’s an old interview where they discuss Madge’s favorite subject… herself: