A 17-year-old Madonna fan said it was the “best moment” of her life when the pop star brought her up on stage, yanked down the girl’s corset top and in the process momentarily exposed one of the minor’s naked breasts to a packed house.
Josephine Georgiou won’t be pursuing any kind of legal action, she said. And her mother seems on board with that.
“Only I get to decide if I’m humiliated or not — why would people assume I am humiliated by my own breast, nipple or body?” Georgiou said in an interview with the Courier-Mail (via People). “I didn’t realize my boob was such a big deal — it was nothing to me.”
Via a mystery woman who approached and asked if fans wanted to dance along to a song, Madonna had invited the teen and others onstage Thursday night during the Brisbane stop of her Rebel Heart Tour. She exposed the girl’s breast during a tease of sorts.
An expression of mild surprise swept across the fan’s face, and she swiftly pulled the corset back up, concert footage shows.
“Oh, sorry, sexual harassment,” Madonna said after letting an expletive fly. “You can do the same to me if you like.” Then she hugged Georgiou.
Later, speaking to the Daily Mail Australia, Georgiou said people were trying to make Madonna out to be a villain when she wasn’t.
“There was no bad intentions, it was just love and fun up there,” she said. “Mum has been playing [Madonna’s music] since I was little, I idolized her in the ‘Hung Up’ video clip.”
Josephine’s mother, Tina Georgiou, who’s the owner of the corset, said there was no way Madonna could have known her daughter was a minor because she looks much older.
“It is quite serious that she’s a minor — people are saying what if this was a male performer, what if it was someone else’s daughter — well it wasn’t another man and it wasn’t another girl, it was Madonna and my daughter,” the elder Georgiou told the Mail Australia.
“It’s Josie’s business, her unique experience, and she wasn’t upset about it. It’s something that she’ll probably cherish for the rest of her life,” mum added.
And, earlier in the week, the performer felt compelled to respond to a rumor that she had been intoxicated onstage.
“Too bad people don’t know the art of acting and playing a character. I could never do any of my shows high or drunk,” Madonna wrote on Instagram.
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