Madonna has failed to report for jury duty.
The 55-year-old star had been summoned to the Manhattan Supreme Court at 111 Centre Street near City Hall in New York to perform her civic duty along with a jury of her peers but failed to attend, according to the New York Post newspaper.
The "Hung Up" singer allegedly did not inform the court she would not be attending, despite New York jurors being granted one automatic postponement upon application, and therefore at 9 am court security were expecting her to arrive.
Madonna - who reportedly earns $1 million for each of her stage appearances and whose real name is Madonna Louise Ciccone - last participated in jury service in 2008 at a court in Beverly Hills, California, but the case was dismissed just fours later.
Madonna received death threats for defending ##### Riot.
The "Hung Up" hitmaker gave an impassioned speech at the Amnesty International Concert in New York last night, in which she described herself as a "freedom fighter" as she introduced the Russian group - who were jailed on charges of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after performing a protest song in a Moscow cathedral - to the stage to address the audience at the Barclays Center.
"The right to be free, to speak our minds, to have an opinion, to love who we want to love, to be who we are -- do we have to fight for that? I've always considered myself a freedom fighter since the early '80s when I realized I had a voice and I could sing more than songs about being a material girl or feeling like a virgin. And I have definitely paid for and have been punished for speaking my mind and for sticking my neck out for this kind of discrimination. But that's OK."
Shockingly, the above image of Madonna and Miley Cyrus has not been touched by Photoshop (not drastically altered, anyway).
The "Celebration" singer is indeed trying her best impression of the 21-year-old - and failing (and by "failing," I mean looking as though she's trying way too hard to win over younger fans). Much buzz indeed surrounded Madonna's duet with Miley for the "Wrecking Ball" singer's MTV Unplugged performance, but perhaps it's because we all sensed that something this awkward would come of it.
(You can find more “awkward” photos here.)
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Madonna is under fire from many of her fans who follow her Instagram after using the n-word in a recent caption to a post featuring her son, Rocco.
Proud of her 13-year-old son - whom she had with director Guy Ritchie - the singer shared an image of Rocco boxing, writing, "No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out! #disn**** [sic]." Rapid outrage in her comments over her use of the racial slur prompted her to repost the image with the revised (and unapologetic) caption, "Ok let me start this again. # get off my d*** haters! [sic]."
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Madonna is on crutches after falling over in high heels.
The 55-year-old singer was seen "hobbling in pain" into her New York home and though she has recently been skiing in Gstaad in Switzerland and partying in Rotterdam, Netherlands with boyfriend Timor Steffans, it seems her injury was caused by some energetic dancing.
"She bruised a bone in her foot from dancing in her high heels... she'll be fine and off crutches in a week," a spokesperson told New York Daily News.
Madonna isn't the only star to experience problems from wearing high heels. Kelly Osbourne has previously said she falls over a lot when she wears towering footwear: "I'm double-jointed everywhere, I think that's why I'm so accident prone. Tight jeans and high heels equals one of my hips popping out and my face on the floor."
Madonna has enlisted Katy Perry to help curate her art project.
The singer has chosen her fellow pop rival to act as guest curator for Art for Freedom, her online public art initiative that allows artists to submit videos, music, poetry and photographs on the subject of freedom. "I am so fortunate to have the freedom to express myself through music. Now I'm calling all of my incredibly creative KatyCats to use their talent to show Madonna and me how they express their freedom. I believe that 2014 can be a year of great social change. Together we can all stand up for Human Rights. Join the conversation, and let your art be your voice," she commented.
The "Roar" hitmaker is tasked with choosing a star artist, who will be awarded a $10,000 grant to help a non-profit organization of their choice. Magician and illusionist David Blaine was last month's guest curator of Art for Freedom, which was initially launched in September 2013.
Madonna is dating her 26-year-old backup dancer Timor Steffens.
The 55-year-old singer, who split from her 25-year-old boyfriend of three years, Brahim Zaibat, recently after he signed up for the French version of Dancing With The Stars, reportedly attracted disapproving glances when she brought her new Dutch beau to designer Rudolph Valentino's private New Year's Eve Party in Gstaad, Switzerland, last Tuesday.
"The chemistry between Madonna and Timor was pretty intense. Some people at the party were whispering about how Madonna had just broken up with her ex, and now she's already with a new guy. It's that kind of crowd. Plus, you can't really ignore the fact that Timor is so much younger than Madonna. I mean, he's basically a replacement for her ex. He looks just like Brahim," a fellow party guest told gossip website RadarOnline.com.
But the "Hung Up" hitmaker wasn't upset by the negative attention.
Madonna will reportedly spend Christmas with Sean Penn after dumping Brahim Zaibat.
The "Material Girl" singer recently went on a charity trip to Haiti with the 53-year-old actor, to whom she was married between 1985 and 1989, and it's thought the pair may be rekindling their romance as she recently split from her boyfriend of three years.
"She needs someone who is more of an equal. She needs to be challenged, which Sean does. Sean and Madonna now want to see each other over Christmas and Madonna's even considering getting a place out in Haiti. They're in touch non-stop. Friends are joking they'll be remarried by this time next year," a source said.
Madonna, 55, was reportedly urged to split from Brahim, 25, after getting spiritual advice at the Kabbalah Center in New York City.
Rita Ora reportedly collapsed on the set of a photo shoot in Miami earlier today.
The "R.I.P" singer was carried out of her make-up trailer during the beginning of shoot at Soho Beach House Hotel in the Florida resort at about 2:30pm.
A source told Gossip Extra that the ambulance had its lights flashing and the 22-year-old singer was put onto a stretcher and taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach.
The blonde star has spent the weekend in the sun-kissed town modeling for Madonna and daughter Lourdes' junior clothing line, Material Girl. Just hours before being rushed to hospital she had been tweeting her excitement about being included in MTV's Top Stars of 2013 list and also wished her brother Don Ora a happy 16th birthday. "@madonna @materialgirl #materialgirlmiami. Let's have this Miami..... let the fun begin...." she wrote on Twitter. Although it is not known if she posted the message after passing out.
Madonna was raped at the start of her career.
The pop legend has opened up about her traumatic ordeal for the first time in nearly two decades, revealing she was sexually abused by a stranger at knifepoint shortly after arriving in New York City from Rochester, Michigan, to pursue her dreams of stardom. Writing in the November issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine, the 55-year-old singer recalled, "New York wasn't everything I thought it would be. It did not welcome me with open arms. The first year, I was held up at gunpoint. Raped on the roof of a building I was dragged up to with a knife in my back. I had my apartment broken into three times. I don't know why; I had nothing of value after they took my radio the first time."
The "Like a Prayer" singer was determined to survive in the Big Apple in spite of her terrible experiences and was all the more "hell-bent" on making a name for herself, even if it meant doing jobs she didn't like. "Arriving in New York wasn't anything I prepared for. Trying to be a professional dancer, paying my rent by posing nude for art classes, staring at people staring at me naked. Daring them to think of me as anything but a form they were trying to capture with their pencils and charcoal. I was defiant. Hell-bent on surviving. On making it. But it was hard and it was lonely, and I had to dare myself every day to keep going," she explained.
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