Alicia Vikander graced the cover of Harper's Bazaar's April issue, but according to a tabloid, she was only chosen after Madonna made too many demands. Gossip Cop can confirm that the story is untrue. We've learned from trusted industry sources that Madonna was never in negotiations for the cover.
The iconic singer has been on the cover of Harper's Bazaar numerous times over the years, but In Touch claims she "was dreadful" when it came to participating in the April issue. "She said at the last moment that she wasn't happy with any of the choices they had agreed upon," a supposed source tells the magazine. "She wanted everything changed at a great cost to Harper's. Nothing made her happy. So, they went with Alicia."
The tabloid's account of the situation simply isn't accurate. Gossip Cop checked in with an individual in Madonna's camp, who explains that the singer "passed on the cover and did British Vogue instead." Our reliable source notes "there were no demands" seeing as the singer "never got that far" when it came to discussing a collaboration.
While Gossip Cop can confirm that Madonna was offered the April cover of Harper's Bazaar, we've learned the singer was never actually in talks for it. There was no negotiation process during which she supposedly made outrageous demands. The idea that she was "replaced" by Vikander isn't fair to say. The singer was never in place at all.
Naturally, this wouldn't be the first time an outlet has concocted a story about the singer being difficult. Back in June, Gossip Cop busted RadarOnline for falsely claiming Madonna refused to fly on a private jet because it wasn't up to her standards. The blog alleged that the singer wanted to bring a cryogenic chamber on board, but was told the giant nitrogen-filled device, which she supposedly uses to rejuvenate her skin, "would suck all the plane's power."
That absurd story was based on claims from an anonymous source, but Madonna's own rep went on the record to dismiss it as nonsense. Meanwhile, Gossip Cop previously called out In Touch's sister publication, the National Enquirer, for wrongly reporting that Madonna had challenged Lady Gaga to a boxing match in Las Vegas. That article was also a complete work of fiction.
At the very least, this latest story about Madonna is somewhat based in reality. The singer was in fact approached by Harper's Bazaar, but the tabloid's take on what happened with the offer isn't true.
Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.