Pop legend Madonna joked about “swelling from surgery” following the backlash she experienced about her appearance at the 2023 Grammy Awards.
Madonna, who is set to go on her biggest tour ever this year, was the subject of criticism recently after she introduced a musical act at the Grammys and was subsequently trending on Twitter because she should “focus on ageing gracefully.”
Taking to Twitter on Monday, the 64 year old wrote: “Look how cute I am now that swelling from surgery has gone down.”
In the picture, Madonna’s face is visibly different as she sported ripped blue jeans, a black overshirt and a baseball cap, as her orange hair was plaited on either side of her face.
Reacting to the admission, one fan replied with a personal anecdote: “She said, you guys it was just swelling lol. When I got my filler last year my face swelled up like that too, took forever for it to go down…tbh I liked mine more puffy, I wanna look like an alien!”
“I have no idea what these truly means but I know that I’m […] here for it!” another said, while a third added: “Mother. Thanks for always living life on your own terms.”
The singer introduced Sam Smith and Kim Petras for their controversial performance of “Unholy” at the Grammys, with many people taking to Twitter to question why the mum of six altered her appearance so much.
One person scathed: “This is not about age it is about plastic surgery gone wrong. Cher also has had work done, is 13 years older and is not facing this type of shock. This photo is from Jan 2023. Can we stop pretending and supporting the lie "it is about ageism", THIS IS NOT AGEISM in any way.”
“I thought the FDA outlawed those Do It Yourself Plastic Surgery Kits! I guess Madonna got a hold of one on Ebay,” quipped another, while Piers Morgan questioned whether it was Halloween already.
Madonna took to social media following the backlash, where she argued that people should be focused on the message in her speech and not her appearance.
She explained: “Instead of focusing on what I said in my speech which was about giving thanks for the fearlessness of artists like Sam and Kim, many people chose to only talk about close-up photos of me taken with a long lens camera by a press photographer that would distort anyone’s face.
“Once again I am caught in the glare of ageism and misogyny that permeates the world we live in. A world that refuses to celebrate women pass [sic] the age of 45 and feels the need to punish her if she continues to be strong-willed, hard-working, and adventurous.”
“You won’t break my soul,” she finished the lengthy message with, referencing Beyonce’s hit track while also noting how backlash from fans and the media is nothing new for her.
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