Bitch? I’m Madonna
Her Madgesty makes friends fast, but keeping them? That’s another story. Here are four of her most famous fallings-out...
The pair met at a party where Madonna chatted happily to Everett (right), but ignored everyone else. ‘Manners were something she had discarded at base camp,’ he said later. Their friendship unravelled after he wrote that she looked like a Picasso and behaved like ‘a whiny old barmaid’ when stressed, in his first memoir in 2006.
In the 1990s, comedian Sandra Bernhard was a close pal. Then something changed. Neither Bernhard nor Madge has divulged what happened but Bernhard said: ‘I look at my friendship with her as like having a gallstone: you deal with it, there is pain, and then you pass it.’
In 2002 Elton branded Madonna’s theme song for Die Another Day as ‘the worst Bond tune ever’. Then, at the 2004 Q Awards, added: ‘Madonna, live act? F*** off. Since when has lipsyncing been live? That’s me off her Christmas card list, but do I give a toss? No.’ Madonna has appeared to want to mend the rift. ‘He’s known to get mad at me,’ she said in 2012, ‘but I adore him.’
The two blondes were once besties but fell out after Madonna fired their shared personal trainer, Tracy Anderson, and told Gwyneth she should too. When Paltrow refused, Madonna ended their friendship. In 2011, Paltrow alluded to the feud on her blog, writing about an ‘insufferable’ friend who left her feeling ‘drained, empty and belittled’.