EMILY PRESCOTT: A front-row seat – but then Sadiq Khan leaves in first half of Madonna gig
Madonna’s tour is by far the hottest ticket in town, with VIP seats going for more than £1,300 – if you can get hold of them.
Yet London Mayor Sadiq Khan somehow managed to secure a coveted front-row position for the Queen of Pop’s acclaimed show at the O2 last week, despite apparently having little interest in the music.
The 53-year-old left the gig well before the halfway point, missing out on many of the superstar’s biggest hits.
Taking a place that could have gone to a real Madonna fan, the Labour politician was seated with his lawyer wife Saadiya right at the end of the stage runway, next to pop star Rita Ora and her husband Taika Waititi, the New Zealand-born film director.
Madonna’s tour is by far the hottest ticket in town, with VIP seats going for more than £1,300
Sadiq Khan somehow managed to secure a coveted front-row position for the Queen of Pop’s acclaimed show at the O2
He stuck around for opening numbers Nothing Really Matters and Open Your Heart – but missed out on tracks such as Vogue, Like A Virgin and Crazy For You. But his office insisted the Mayor was ‘thrilled to see Madonna back in the capital’.
While Khan ducked out early, Ms Ora couldn’t have been having more fun – even dressing up in a white shirt and black tie in homage to one of the singer’s signature looks. Gushing about the night on Instagram, the 32-year-old said: ‘Went to see MUVA and I am sweating in places I didn’t know were possible.’
For the uninitiated, ‘Muva’ is slang for mother and used to indicate respect.
Also spotted at the sold-out gigs last week were Emma Watson, Graham Norton and Boy George. Perhaps Bruce Springsteen is more to the Mayor’s taste, as he was spotted in a fan T-shirt at his Hyde Park gig in July.
An interesting position for Gillian Anderson, who reckons today’s wellness culture is ‘toxic’ – despite the fact that she has her own, er… wellness brand.
The X Files star, left, told Elizabeth Day’s How To Fail podcast she believes our obsession with exercise and dieting is ‘potentially making people even sicker’.
But clearly some wellness culture is palatable for the 55-year-old actress, who has launched her own brand of drinks to apparently ‘cut through the all-or-nothingness of the wellness industry’. Called G-Spot, in a nod to her role as a sex therapist in the Netflix drama Sex Education, the drink is said to be ‘filled to the brim with adaptogens and nootropics’ – so-called smart drugs.
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