Kelly believes that the 64-year-old pop star is “unwell” and is suffering from a “sickness” after being subject to criticism for appearing unrecognizable due to cosmetic surgery.
In her Tuesday broadcast, Kelly stated: “I’m sorry but this is a sickness. This is an unwell person who we featured at the Grammys the other night, and I don’t know if it says more about her, about our society, or about celebrity, but it’s disturbing me at the core.”
Kelly, who has received minor Botox procedures to maintain a youthful appearance, revealed that she has no plans to alter her appearance in the same manner as Madonna has.
“I really hope that I would be in a better place [when I get to my 60s]. I’d like to think when I’m 64, I’m not going to give a s–t what people think about the way I look or my age. I’m just going to be like full-fledged effing me. This tells me she’s a sick person who needs some help,” Kelly added.
Madonna, the legendary performer behind hits such as “Material Girl” and “Vogue,” responded defiantly to the criticism she received.
On her Instagram page, she expressed her frustration with the news media and social media users for focusing on her appearance.
Madonna wrote: “Instead of focusing on what I said in my speech which was about giving thanks for the fearlessness of artists like Sam [Smith] and Kim [Petras], many people chose to only talk about Close-up photos of me Taken with a long lens camera By a press photographer that Would distort anyone’s face!!”
She continued: “Once again I am caught in the glare of ageism and misogyny That permeates the world we live in A world that refuses to celebrate women pass the age of 45 And feels the need to punish her If she continues to be strong-willed, hard-working and adventurous.”
Madonna showed no signs of backing down from her creative choices, stating: “I have never apologized for any of the creative choices I have made nor the way that I look or dress and I’m not going to start. I have been degraded by the media since the beginning of my career but I understand that this is all a test and I am happy to do the trailblazing so that all the women behind me can have an easier time in the years to come.”