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Madonna takes a tumble during Brits performance

Madonna took a tumble as she took to the stage for her much anticipated Brit Awards performance.

The Queen of Pop strutted onto the stage in a luxurious black cloak surrounded by devilish dancers.

But it was when they tried to remove the cloak that Madonna got into trouble.

As they pulled the garment, the artist is dragged backwards before she falls off the stage with a bang.

But the singer managed to recover and carry with her performance of Living For Love.

The fall immediately sparked a frenzied reaction on social media, while celebrities also showed their support for the pop superstar.

The 56-year-old later said she was "fine" in a post on Instagram, telling her three million followers that her cape was "too tight".

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Madonna does brief jury duty at New York City court

Pop superstar Madonna arrived at a New York court for jury duty, but was dismissed within two hours of her arrival

Madonna was dismissed from jury service by a New York court. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Court system spokesman David Bookstaver said there were plenty of prospective jurors available and they didn't want her presence to create a distraction in the jury selection process.

He added her appearance alone "really goes to show that everyone gets called."

Her spokeswoman says only that Madonna did her service.

Madonna apologises for using n-word

Madonna has issued an apology after posting a picture of her son Rocco to her 1.1 million followers on Instagram with a caption that contained a racial term.

Madonna has apologised after using a racial term on Instagram. Credit: PA

The singer attracted criticism from her fans on the site when she posted a picture of her son Rocco boxing with the caption: "No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out!" and a hashtag that used a derivative of the n-word.

The 55-year-old initially responded to her critics as "haters" but then deleted the caption and later apologised in a statement to the Associated Press:

"I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N word on Instagram, she said. "It was not meant as a racial slur. I am not a racist. There's no way to defend the use of the word.

"It was all about intention. It was used as a term of endearment toward my son who is white. I appreciate that it's a provocative word and I apologise if it gave people the wrong impression."

Madonna reveals teen rape trauma

Madonna has revealed how she was raped at knifepoint in New York, shortly after she arrived in the city aged 19.

Madonna said the attack happened in New York when she was a young dancer.

Writing in the magazine Harper's Bazaar, she tells of how she was raped on the roof of a building. She writes:

"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, and had my apartment broken into three times."

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