At this weekends Coachella festival, onlookers were treated to a surprise set featuring Madonna and Drake. Drake himself was treated to a surprise french kiss from Madonna.
Drake, the famous 28-year-old singer of such hits as Find Your Love and Miss Me, appeared genuinely shocked when the 56-year-old pop star planted the kiss on him. Seated in a chair during their performance together, images of the singer receiving a surprise kiss from his on stage partner quickly went viral.
Madonna did not seem to immediately notice Drake’s reaction as she sauntered away. However, she later responded to the negative reactions forming on social media. The pop start posted a colorful tweet in response to her haters.
In post to her Instagram account Madonna had this to say “If you don’t like me and still watch everything I do… B**** you’re a fan.”
The kiss was immediately compared to Madonna’s kiss with Britney Spears 12 years ago at the MTV Video Music Awards. An event that turned out to be staged. Some on social media questioned whether the Drake/Madonna kiss was also staged. The singer appeared to be going along with everything, sitting casually in a chair as the pop star circled him, but judging by the look on his face after the kiss it is unlikely he knew it was coming.
Madonna is exactly twice Drake’s age. Coachella itself seems like an odd stage for Madonna, as the festival typically tends to draw in a younger crowd. To her credit Madonna has taken it all in stride. Her ability to generate this level of buzz and continue to follow the age old idiom that there is no such thing as bad press, are part and parcel to how the aging pop star continues to reinvent herself decade after decade.