Rupert Everett has spoken out about the true nature of his friendship with Madonna, having previously described the musician as an ‘old whiny barmaid’ in his autobiography.
On Friday morning, Rupert, 61, appeared on Lorraine to discuss his new memoir To the End of the World: Travels with Oscar Wilde.
During their discussion, Lorraine Kelly, also 61, brought the conversation around to Rupert’s friendships with famous leading ladies, including Joan Collins and Madonna.
Madonna and Rupert starred alongside one another in the 2000 film The Next Best Thing, about two best friends who enter into a custody battle after having a child together.
In his 2006 autobiography Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins, Rupert recalled working with Madonna on set, at one point writing: ‘Sometimes, in moments of stress, she had power cuts and the old whiny barmaid came screaming out of the defrosting cold room.’
Lorraine brought this comment up during their interview, stating: ‘I don’t think though that you ever made up with Madonna, because I remember in your book you called her a whiny old barmaid, which I thought was quite an interesting description.’
‘That was an experience working with her, wasn’t it?’ she added.
However, Rupert quashed claims that he and Madonna don’t get on, replying: ‘Well, no, we are friends.’
He added that he believes Madonna is an ‘amazing’ individual who he has ‘great respect’ for.
‘I’m a great admirer of hers as a person, I think she as well is an amazing woman,’ he said.
‘And where tenacity has taken her is unbelievable, and so I have great respect for her.’
So that settles that then!
During a recent interview, Rupert was asked whether he regretted calling Madonna an ‘old whiny barmaid’ in his book – with the My Best Friend’s Wedding star saying he did not.
While recently speaking to Stellar magazine, of Australian newspaper The Sunday Telegraph, Rupert said that he and Madonna ‘don’t see each other anymore’, stating: ‘I do miss it.’
Describing Madonna as an ‘amazing person’, he said that it was ‘incredibly exciting’ to make their film together, having been ‘such a fan of hers’.
However, he added that ‘the fallout from the movie’s failure was gigantic’ for him.
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.