Madonna is responding to speculation surrounding her body after a new photo went viral this week.
The 60-year-old singer appeared to address critics on Instagram Thursday with a close-up selfie from New Year’s Day: “Desperately seeking no ones approval…and entitled to free agency over my body like everyone else!”
“Thank you 2019! Its Going to Be an amazing Year,” she continued, adding the hashtags #nofear and #nodiscrimination, which appear to be aimed at those who attempted to body-shame her derriere.
Following a New Year’s performance just after midnight at New York’s Stonewall Inn, users on Twitter began attacking the singer, whose backside appeared curvier than usual during the set.
Many speculated the songstress got butt implants while others argued she was wearing some sort of padding under her pants. One user joked that she was “modeling adult diapers now.”
Even many defending Madonna couldn’t help but weigh in on her new look. “If someone wants surgery, they can do it, their body their choice,” another person wrote. “But MANNNNN, beauty standards today somehow made Madonna get a botched butt surgery....yikes.”
Madonna surprised fans at Stonewall by performing her 1989 hit “Like a Prayer” and Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” She was joined by her 13-year-old son, David Banda, who played guitar.
Before performing, the singer gave a speech about starting the New Year with kindness and inclusion.
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