Being late habitually is downright rude, but every so often tardiness is simply inevitable.
Just ask Madonna, who assured angered, booing fans that Thursday's Rebel Heart concert in Manchester, England, only got off to a late start due to extreme technical difficulties!
In a YouTube video highlighted by Billboard, the Material Girl thanks her unhappy fans for waiting (this clip has since been removed by its uploader). "I don't like to by late, by the way," she says, "and all you bitches who keep complaining about it can shut the f--k up. I'm not back there eating chocolates and filing my nails and getting my extensions done."
"The [background] video crashed. We had no video...we had to wait until we could reboot it," she went on. "No selfish diva bitch reason."
Madonna further explained her technical difficulties in an Instagram post Tuesday. "The Entire video for my show crashed as I arrived for sound check," she wrote. "The back up file was corrupt. We had no choice but to reboot and pray for a good outcome. The video lights 75 [percent] of my show. We cant play in the dark."
"We were rebooted and ready by 9:30 even though we planned to go [on] earlier," she continued. "I had to make cuts in show before show started. 'Dress You Up' was one of them and my 3rd guitar song. This still brought us past the 11:00 curfew! But we went on and the venue was kind enough to extend till 11:39!! It was [their] choice not mine to end the show!! [I] always want to finish. So we all missed the last 3 songs! And I'm sorry about that. And I thank all my Rebel Heart fans for understanding!"
"We did our best!" she wrote. "And we still had to pay a fine! That['s] life...PS you still got to see an amazing show. And only missed. 12 minutes!! The #rebelhearttour goes on."
Indeed, it does. Madonna's next Rebel Heart concert takes place Wednesday at Birmingham's Barclayard Arena.
She's always been badass. Look back at Madonna in 1996 in the clip below.