Allegedly, of course!
The riders for touring musicians run the gamut from pretty basic (Adele) to lavishly extravagant (hello, Jennifer Lopez), but if you pick up this week’s In Touch Weekly (via Boy Culture) (and if you believe In Touch Weekly … which, you know, you do at your own risk), Madonna is quite the demanding diva.
The pop superstar has been making headlines around the world on her “MDNA Tour.” Last week, she was flashing her breast in Istanbul, Turkey, and the other day she mooned the audience in Rome. She got a reaction out of Lady Gaga after she performed an on-stage mash-up of her 1989 classic “Express Yourself” with Gaga’s hit “Born This Way” (hint: they still sound kind of the same-ish), and is encountering threats of legal action from French politician Marine Le Pen because of an image of the conservative leader with a swastika on her forehead used in the “Nobody Knows Me” video interlude shown during her show.
So, yeah, Madonna’s been busy.
But if the tour demands In Touch is talking up are true, at least she’s pretty comfortable on the road. The rag mag reports that Her Madgesty has a 200-person entourage (!) on tour with her – including 30 bodyguards, an acupuncturist, a yoga instructor, an on-site dry cleaner and several personal chefs. That’s pretty intense, but not particularly surprising (of course Madonna has chefs and yoga instructors on the road with her … and so does everyone else), but we can’t help but wonder if that very large number includes crew members that would be backstage on any artists’ tour.
Why not provide further details about this enormous entourage unless that’s the case? Seems like a sneaky, concerted effort to make Madonna look like an even bigger diva than she is…which isn’t something you’d think they’d need a lot of help with.
Her backstage demands reportedly include a strictly vegan menu – which, unless things changed recently, is also suspect, because Madonna is not vegan. Additionally, the Queen of Pop would like there to be 20 international phone lines in her dressing room, for the furniture to be “draped in a special fabric” and decorated with lilies and white and pink roses with their stems cut to exactly six inches.
Most interestingly, though, are her alleged hotel demands. Madonna likes to take home on the road with her and “requires all be removed from the rooms and replaced with her own pieces that she has shipped in.”
Now, if that’s true, we bow down to the Queen!
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