At some point, we have to start treating Madonna like we treat Khloe Kardashian. Like, I’m not even surprised when Khloe turns up with a whole new face. That’s how it should be with Madonna too – she’s been messing with her face since she was married to Guy Ritchie, and it’s only gotten worse over the past five years or so. It’s a toxic combination of plastic surgery, fillers and the kitchen sink. It is not limited to her face – she also got ass implants several years ago and they are BAD. Whoever is doing her work these days is not the best plastic surgeon in the business. The good surgeons must have turned her down. My take: stop being shocked by it!
Madonna went to the Grammys to introduce Sam Smith and Kim Petras. Fans were “stunned,” because (again) we’re still in the cycle of “is that really Madonna?” It is. Madge also went to some of the post-Grammy parties too and I’m including those photos.
Maybe Madge was never going to age naturally and gracefully, but there is a huge gap between “aging naturally” and whatever this is. As I’ve said before, I do find it sad.
Photos courtesy of Backgrid, Getty.
Wow. I didn’t recognize her. I thought you put up someone else’s pictures.
It must be difficult to be beautiful when you are young, and then discover aging changes how we all look. It’s going to happen to all of us.
I think it is more than trying to look “young” she also looking for attraction and all this plastic surgery is giving it to her. Before this, it was being racist and offensive, before that it was cosplaying as a black woman before that it was being “sexual” before that it was wearing “revealing clothing”
Also, in her latest years being a pick me telling her crew member who was sexually assaulted that she needs to be more careful, the person who assaulted a her, was probably just using her to get closer to her aka Madonna
I’m channeling my inner Katharine Hepburn! She was beautiful, smart, and funny well into her 80’s. Plus, she wore pants really well. If Madonna wants to look like that, she can choose too. I just can’t look. Didn’t Cher say if she wanted her ass skin steetched up onto her face, she will? I mean, more cash money than sense unfortunately.
As Joan Rivers said, “you can look old or you can look weird.” Madonna went weird.
@ Tacky, that is exactly what she looks like!!!
I only recognized her as I had seen pictures of her recently. It’s too bad that she is so desperate to remain young.
I haven’t heard that quote before. It’s very accurate.
Joan looked less weird than Madonna. Filler is the devil. And, it turns out, far more permanent than originally peddled.
Precisely! I also noticed during the Grammy telecast that they had a long lens on her – no closeups at all. Reminded me of that awful Michael Jackson special years ago where CBS didn’t show any closeups of his face.
Richard E Grant wrote (in Withnail and I), effectively, that she was absolutely gorgeous in person and had amazing sexual power over men (and probably women). It’s that power she’s trying to hold on to.
She won’t even show her neck or hands. And she probably gets injections for her hands too. Saw a pic last month and they were super smooth. (Her veiny hands used to get a lot of coverage.)
She reminds me of the cat woman or Lil KIm.
I honestly though it was Chrissy Teigen at first.
I suppose there’s no turning back. The woman has been reinventing herself forever. No one should be shocked. Madonna gonna Madonna.
Her nose looks pretty.
This bums me out. She was cool and different when she was younger and now she’s just like all the other plastic people out there. I’ve said it before — imagine what we could do as women if we stopped obsessing with plastic styling.
The difference between her 2015 Grammy performance and now 🤯
WOW. That was NOT that long ago and she looked GREAT!
She is giving off strong Jocelyn Wildenstein vibes (aka cat lady)… like strikingly similar. Sad to see she has reached the point of no return land of jacked faces – carved up and plumped up looking like a demented jack-o-lantern
That’s exactly what I was thinking… she’s turning into the cat lady.
Lainey Gossip had some comment last week how it’s unfair for people to criticize Madonna “changing her look.” Um-this is not a matter of switching hair color or even getting a bit of botox she looks positively freakish.
This is “ rich” from Laineygossip. She’s pretty vocal about other Celebs that pursue alternative wellness fads ( yet still look like themselves). But obvious plastic is ok?
In her case I think it’s unfair because she can’t even leave her house or in any way exist publicly without people having meltdowns about her plastic surgery, and people have been doing it for over a decade. She can’t do anything without people shaming her for acting on her insecurities and failing to be their fearless everything as she got older, as if her being brave in one area meant she had to be like that about everything. It is what it is. Maybe it’s a mistake for people to expect female public figures to live out every story they need told in the first place.
“Maybe it’s a mistake for people to expect female public figures to live out every story they need told in the first place.”
Damn. Start the week off with big truth.
I’m not criticizing Madonna for changing her look, because she has that right for sure. For me it’s more sadness that she’s just taken it way too far, deep into Uncanny Valley territory. No lie, that 2nd to last picture made me gasp out loud. She looks like Jigsaw.
Lady — Hard agree. Madge isn’t venturing into new territory or experimenting with a new look — she’s turned into an extremely commonplace caricature. It’s disappointing for someone who’s gained fame through her uniqueness to fall into the same trap.
Also, I have no problem with minor body modification/alteration, whether that’s makeup, hair color, piercings, Botox, etc. The problem is when it crosses a line and the person doesn’t look quite fully human anymore — like, their faces don’t move quite correctly and their eyes/smiles look contorted.
That, my friend, is when you start looking like a nightmare creature and people stare at you. Because human — but not quite.
What some of these celebrities need is therapy, not surgery.
Is anybody else seeing Pete Burns?
It just looks like a really painful allergic reaction.
YES! I was thinking Pete Burns too.
I feel sad.
Wow. Madonna looks really awful.
How and why is she doing this to herself?
Her facial skin looks so tight and painful.
Are those fillers going to dissolve into her system at some future point?
She really doesn’t even look like herself in these pics. 5 years ago, she looked great, in terrific shape and her original face. It is damn sad!
Madonna used to set the styles, now she just makes me very sad, all her $$, fame and she puts herself thru this. She would have been fab if she had never started this plastic surgery crap.
She’d have been beautiful now had she never touched her face. Now she looks insane and like a Hollywood tragedy. And no one can tell her no, apparently. This is how every Kardashian will turn out as well.
I’m sorry she looks like a clown. A scary clown.
Yes, that’s exactly it! A clown.
It looks like she’s in pain. The surgeries are an epic fail and I doubt she will ever stop.
I was thinking the same thing. It looks painful like she is clenching. In pain
Yes, l also thought she was in pain, and I attribute the puffiness (at least some of it) to the same puffer look get when I’m on prednisone.
She looks like a movie witch, in a bad way. We’re the same age, and frankly, it breaks my heart. Watching her grasp fruitlessly for what is unsustainable – being new and fresh and cutting-edge, which she was when she first arrived in the public consciousness in the ’80s – over the decades since then has been exhausting. I can’t imagine living it. She doesn’t seem to have any connection to understanding all that she *has* accomplished. It’s sad.
I’m also the same age as Madonna. I was contemplating getting a neck lift to get rid of the wattle, but looking at how tight Madonna’s chin looks, it looks like she has her neck tucked up behind her ears. And now I’m OK with my neck wrinkles.
Honestly, I love wearing a mask in public because it makes me look younger.
It depends on your surgeon. Have you seen Jane Fonda. She’s 21 years older than Madonna and looks fabulous with the work she had done. Madonna doesn’t want to look great for her age, she wants to look young again and that ain’t happening.
Yes, this. I do think she wants to keep looking beautiful (which…this isn’t the way, girl), but mainly I think she just can’t stand not being young and on the cutting edge of things. Hence the outfits, hairdos, grills, etc. that a young pop star could probably pull off but in which she looks like a grandma who’s dressed up in her granddaughter’s cool clothes. I’m not saying older people can’t look stylish (I’m in late middle age myself, and I don’t want to look dowdy), but for a woman Madonna’s age there’s a big difference between stylish and…this. It is really sad, especially since she had those strong Italian features that would have aged elegantly. She could be blazing trails as a woman who looks her age and is proud of it because she’s beautiful at any age and she’s frickin’ MADONNA. Instead everyone is just judging her and making fun. It’s sad.
When it comes to plastic surgery and celebs, I’m really torn between “it’s their body, no judgment” and wtf. Since we are all here to gossip, I’ll indulge in the WTF.
I’m so disappointed in Madonna over the last 10 years. She was such a powerhouse. So fit, so much energy, so much attitude, a true Queen though her 50s. She could have been a star maker, an elder statesman. She could be mentoring young artists. She could be telling the industry to f*cking change. But she is too much of a narcissist, and that’s sad. The things she is doing to her body are pathetic. She can have work done without looking like she’s had work done. I think Demi moore is the model of that. Madonna was a fit hottie for so long. She doesn’t have to do this. She looks like Jocelyn Wildenstein.
You expressed that so well. I tried to say the same thing down thread. She could have really paved the way, and instead is just a disappointing follower.
I guess you haven’t seen the latest pics of Demi then….it’s also pretty jarring and sad.
I think precisely being a fit hottie for so long is tied, in one way or another, to the Madonna we’ve got now. She’s always tied her value to her appearance in very particular ways (being fit, being sexual etc). And the way that has run headlong into the immutable fact that her own body has changed has lead to unhealthy outcomes for her.
Sadly this is what happens when your plastic surgery addiction catches up to you. You actually become plastic. I think Kris Jenner will be in a similar place in another 5-10 years. The Kardashians are not going to age well.
Her hair is cute!
The only thing I find disappointing about her changing body and face is that she followed the Kardashian model. If only the great Madonna had invented her own crazy way of aging/anti-aging, I would have been totally down with it. Like Cher did/is.
Ang — totally agree with your comment. At least when Cher has work, she still looks like Cher—she’s kept her physical identity. Madonna’s work has been so radical, she’s become another generic plastic face. It’s so sad.
Cher looks bizarre as well. Cher’s peak in beauty even with “work” done was in the ’80s in her Moonstruck phase. She had a lot of work done by that point. Now her face just looks frozen. It’s very sad. You want to see natural beauty in aging look at Jamie Lee Curtis. Look at Sally Field.
I feel like she’s on drugs or something. She’s gotten so strange lately and it’s so sad! I couldn’t imagine being her child and watching this. I hope the kids have some solid people around them cause something is so off with her besides her face.
I watched a somewhat recent interview of her w/ Jimmy Fallon. He asked her if she drinks, smokes, pot, etc, and she said no, no, no, I just hold those things in pics for a pose, I don’t imbibe those. He asked her what she does do and she said she likes opiates. Jesus wept. Ever since I saw that interview, I have gone close up on her photos, now and past, and she’s got the pinpoint pupils. If you look at photos of Prince in the last few years of his life, same thing. Makes me so sad. So I think she is on drugs too. She is not making sober decisions, imo.
TheVolves, that’s so sad to read. I thought she was one of the celebs who had it together despite their crazy public personas.
I wonder if it started with treatment for injuries, like it did for Prince (and so many others). her knees have got to be wrecked by now, for starters. all that intense dancing in heels is going to mess you up. Prince jumping off the top of the piano in heels, Madonna and all those deep knee bends in stilettos… sometimes seeing old performance videos makes me cringe. because I can just see where that’s heading.
In theory, I am pro-plastic surgery and aging however you want to, being a sexual being well past the age of 40 etc – see: Cher, Dolly Parton.
But something about how Madonna is going about this all feels and looks so desperate that it makes me sad for her.
I can explain the difference: Cher doesn’t look that much different than she did 40-50 years ago except for her nose job (which she got over 40 years ago). Whatever work Cher is getting is subtle and merely maintaining the look she’s had for almost her entire career. Dolly is more skilled makeup technique and wigs than plastic surgery (not to say Dolly hasn’t had plastic surgery). Both aren’t asking for anything dramatic, they have the same style, same presence they always have had. After almost 40 years, Madonna constantly “reinventing” herself has grown incredibly tiresome and sad. Like you’re 65 and still have no clue who you are? I’m almost 40 and I’ve begun to grow comfortable with who I am so it’s sad seeing her.
I think we can all agree Cher is obviously a vampire and I am ok with that lol
Cher and Dolly also exhibit confidence in who they are and don’t come off as massively insecure as Madonna seems to do. Madonna is chasing youth in all ways and it is just sad to see.
It’s her body. I hope she’s happy with her choices. I will say she seemed really off while introducing Sam Smith and Kim Petras, like she was annoyed/bored to be there. Didn’t she essentially have to instruct the audience to applaud because her delivery did nothing to signal it was time to applaud? Then there was that weird moment she walked right past Sam Smith and didn’t acknowledge or smile at them or anything. Weird vibes.
I thought she seemed “off”, too. My first thought was that the surgery looks relatively recent, and I wondered if she was on, at minimum, some sort of painkillers.
I can only image the storm which must rage inside her 24/7 to look in the mirror and think her visage is on point.
Her face doesn’t even look like plastic surgery anymore – more like an allergic reaction or the side effects from steroids.
Yes, she looks very puffy. Like she’s going to burst any minute.
She looks absolutely awful and she and Jocelyn Wildenstein are now twins.
There’s trying to look your best and then there is people who cannot deal with the aging process. The older I get, the more I’m glad that my looks were never something that got me anywhere. LOL I don’t look bad at all but I was always just a tad too chubby and in the 90s, that was a terrible offense and a pretty face didn’t excuse that shit. I don’t mind aging (yet) and I suspect that’s partly why. I have friends/colleagues whose identity was very much tied to “great legs” or being able to use their good looks in various situations. It’s great when you’re 30 but it’s not forever. It looks like Madonna belongs to this group in a major way.
Your comment resonates with me. I ‘m short with an ‘average’ face, never described as ‘beautiful.’ As I age, I have more confidence and self love, I feel so much more attractive than I did when I was younger. I’m a few years older than Madonna but so much more comfortable in my own slightly wrinkly skin. I earned that comfort as have you. It’s sad she doesn’t feel that way.
Meryl Streep is nearly a decade older and looks so much better than Madonna. Poster upthread said Madonna is on opiates. So sad.
I don’t know what Madonna’s deal is. While I’m all for informed consent and plastic surgery, I can’t help but be the armchair psychologist here. I think her behavior and desperately clinging to her youth is a more sinister example of drug use or some kind of addictive behavior towards plastic surgery. I just hope she’s happy with how she looks and calms down on the plastic surgery and chasing after her youth at some point. She’s got 4 beautiful kids at home and her focus should be on them, not chasing the imaginary fountain of youth. One way or another this is all going to catch up with her.
So sad. She’s so desperate to stay relevant and ruined her face with procedures. Sadly, she IS relevant now, but for all the wrong reasons. Hate it that she’s become a joke.
I’ve always thought Madonna’s plastic surgery journey as being boring and totally expected of an aging woman the spotlight; I wish she would have done something unexpected and boundary pushing instead. But now. Meh.
Besides all that… the whole grille/dental work is awful. Sorry but maybe that is my age peeking through. She has access to the best dentists, implants etc. Now she looks like she has braces.
I keep thinking about “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” where Bette Davis’s character looks in the mirror and cries in horror. She’s wearing her desperate fear of aging on her body in a way that’s impossible to ignore. It makes me sad for her. Her body was such an iconic and important part of her image, and it was something she worked really hard to maintain all her life. Madonna always struck me as someone with discipline of steel–willing to forgo food, undergo all kinds of pain for the sake of her appearance. It’s easy for us to sit back and sneer at that, or even to concern-troll in a blatently condescending way (which I sincerely hope I’m not doing–even though I recognize that I very well might be). But for decades. Madonna’s appearance was part of her image, her brand, and she would have been openly scorned for much of her career had she appeared any differently. Once an artist creates a personal image for herself, especially as a women, she will be held to and measured against that appearance her whole career. We call it “the price of being famous”, but the glee with which people (and especially women) looked down on other women for deviating from their appearance was brutal. We talk about it more openly today, but even in our more body positive atmosphere, we still judge and condemn.
Madonna makes me think of the Hans Christian Anderson Little Mermaid. In the story, if she wanted legs, every step she took would feel like she was walking on the blade of a knife. Madonna looks like she’s walking on knife blades, gritting her teeth against the pain, and forcing a smile. That’s why she’s so hard to look at for me. I can’t help but think about the cost–physiological and psychological.
So well said.
The looped braids remind me of a Princess Leia ‘do from Star Wars. Which is fitting because Madonna now looks like a CGI alien. Madge has good bones — and lots of money for upkeep — she could have aged gracefully….
She is giving me serious Janice from the Muppet Show vibes. Why???
It’s obvious Madonna sees aging as a threat. Something to be ashamed of. Something to sneer at. And because she’s such an exhibitionist and narcissist, she resorts to multiple surgeries, pumping her face and lips full of fillers, getting fake boobs and butt, in a last ditch effort to be relevant, edgy and cool. All she’s doing is revealing what an insecure, frightened woman she really is because she can’t see beyond the physical and welcome aging as wisdom, experience, being able to pass on learning and guidance. But no, it’s always about looks, shock and awe with her, and she seems to be very messed up these days.
She looks terrible. Madonna’s desire to remain slim at her age means she has to put fillers in her face to look young. If she’d put on weight she wouldn’t have needed so much plastic surgery. I can’t remember which actress but said her doctor told her it was either her ass or her face and she chose her ass meaning she chose to put on weight rather than do plastic surgery.
It was Catherine Deneuve. She said that once we women reach a certain age we have to choose between our bodies and our faces. She chose her face. Smart lady.
It’s hard to let youth and beauty go. I am here to tell you that I’m lucky that I’m not rich. I would probably do all that crazy stuff too. It starts off small and just spirals. You don’t even see yourself.
Probably being in the public eye as well as having the means to have unlimited treatments are both factors for her. Either way, I always look to Meryl Streep as someone who looks amazing and stays productive and happy into old age.
She reminds me of Pete Burns (RIP) here. The hair and outfit accentuate it. She used to be so beautiful.
I don’t know anything about plastic surgery, so this may be wrong and I just misunderstood what I thought I read. But, isn’t one of the risks of these kinds of plastic surgery that at a certain point you actually have to keep doing some types of upkeep procedures because your face/skin can no longer “age” properly? Like point of no return where if you stopped you could end up being really unhappy with how you looked so continuing is better of bad options? Again, I could be totally wrong, but if not I wonder if that may be what is going on? If so, it makes me feel bad to see her be criticized for ‘new’ procedures, when she may feel its her only option…
Just to clarify, if she’s getting more work done because she wants to and not because of what I wrote above, it’s her choice and I hope that she likes the way she looks. It honestly makes me sad, but bleah that’s just me projecting my own views on her (want her to be a badass, confident elder states lady and this doesn’t seem like that, don’t like the way it looks, etc). Sigh. It’s not my place, but damn it does make me sad.
She looks horrible, but it’s incredibly sad that society and the entertainment industry, in particular, are so allergic to women aging normally and gracefully. I’m sure this is why Madonna keeps doing this to herself. The clock only moves forward. Our faces and bodies change as time moves on. I wish society could accept this.
So sad for me to see the Madonna I sat in front of MTV and mesmerized by as a little girl has turned herself into something that I pity.
We’re living in a material world and she is a material girl.
She still looks like a 60+-year-old woman with plastic surgery. I don’t get it.
The sexy baby face is not doing her any favors. I’d like to see her with the “snatched” look a la Bella Hadid. She could look way better than she does here. She was always a pretty woman.
This is beyond Kardashian territory. This is Lil Kim territory. Sad that she keeps doing this to herself. It would be one thing if it actually looked good. It looks cartoonish and borderline scary.
Maybe turning 65 this year is contributing to her making rash decisions regarding plastic surgery. I hope she has someone close to her who would tell her the truth about her over-doing it. Aging gracefully is difficult sometimes.
My mother was absolutely beautiful until she was 69 and began her decline in health that led to her death. Madonna should try to reverse a lot of procedures she’s done. She can look so much better than this.
Stop being shocked? The woman is a horror. She’s got a strong, terrifying resemblance to that other plastic surgery addict, Jocelyn Wildenstein.
I didn’t know Marilyn Manson and Carrot Top procreated.
I remember GOOP going on about how she was going to send Madonna a pic of her abs (think it was in answer to some interview question about how they fell out as “friends”). These celebs aren’t just obsessed about how the general public perceives them; they are super competitive about their appearance with each other.
Looks like she needs some buccal fat cheek removal.
She has looked like this for quite a few years now, but only very-online people were aware of it, and now anyone who watched the Grammys just became aware of it and is freaking out.
It is “shocking” if you hadn’t already seen it, but she genuinely seems really happy with the work she had done.
People is stupid, and Madonna too, people think that can to fight against age, and they only show thar are so stupid that they don’t look anymore that theyself are (or were). I think she is not Madonna, she is the Wednesday Madonna Adamms.
This is The.Bride of Chucky territory!
I don’t think it would have looked so bad if she had a hairstyle that wasn’t so pulled back.
Maybe with a more free falling hair, it wouldn’t have looked so pulled back and puffy
There’s nothing wrong with being 64.