"Madonna, as we all know, is very difficult," Armani told AP, smiling. According to the 80-year-old Italian fashion designer, Madonna's cape was originally supposed to be secured with a simple clasp, but the singer wanted it tied instead, which caused the fall. "That's all there was to it."
Madonna, however, told a vastly different story on The Jonathan Ross Show the day after the Brit Awards, explaining that the cape had been tied because "everyone was worried [it] would slide off."
"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," Madonna explained, revealing that two of her dancers, in attempting to pull the cape they believed was unfastened, accidentally pulled her by her throat. "I had two choices: I could either be strangled or fall, and I chose to fall."