Madonna is receiving criticism after holding a birthday party that appeared to flout social distancing rules this weekend.
The 61-year-old held the party for photographer and friend Steven Klein, a get-together complete with a “COVID cake” and plenty of close interaction between the guest of honor and the singer, per Page Six. The report claimed that there appeared to be at least eight people at the party, which may go against the recommendations of public health experts. Many health officials have recommended that people not hold group events where the novel coronavirus might be able to spread.
The party led to a number of critical comments, many of which were shared in screenshots by the Daily Mail. A number of fans took notice that Madonna — and the others attending the party — were not making an attempt to stay six feet apart, and that the singer was coming into close contact with some of the other celebrants. It was not clear where the party took place, but it had been advertised on social media that day, and had hundreds of people watching live.
The party came just two days after the singer announced that she had tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, suggesting that she had already contracted the virus without significant incident.
Madonna made the announcement in an Instagram video wherein she talked about her plans to get out of her home.
“Took a test the other day, and I found out that I have the antibodies. So tomorrow, I’m just going to go for a long drive in a car, and I’m gonna roll down the window and I’m gonna breathe in — I’m gonna breathe in the COVID-19 air.”
The Page Six report noted that there is still medical debate over whether the presence of antibodies means that someone is immune to a second coronavirus infection.
Madonna has stirred controversy with other strange Instagram videos as of late, including one in which she sat in a bathtub filled with white, murky water, musing about what she thought was “wonderful” about the coronavirus.
“That’s the thing about COVID-19. It doesn’t care about how rich you are, how famous you are, how funny you are, how smart you are, where you live, how old you are, what amazing stories you can tell.”
“It’s the great equalizer and what’s terrible about it is what’s great about it.”
But the videos may be strange by design, the Page Six report claimed. A source told the outlet that her posts on Instagram were meant to be “performance art,” and were not intended to be taken literally.