Italian designer Giorgio Armani, who designed the cape Madonna wore to perform at last week's Brit Awards, has shifted the blame for her well-documented fall back onto the singer herself.
The 56 year-old was wrenched backwards off of the stage when her backing dancers tried to remove the garment, which had failed to untie.
"Everyone was worried my cape was going to slide off, so they tied it really tight around my neck," she explained last week. "So here I am marching in like the queen, I got to the top of the stairs and I pulled the silky string and it wouldn't come undone."
Speaking to the Associated Press, Mr Armani explained that the huge cape was meant to be closed with an easy-to-undo hook, but the singer instead insisted that it be replaced with a tie closure.
"Madonna, as we all know, is very difficult," he said backstage after his Emporio Armani show. "That's all there was to it."