Madonna reportedly was booed by aggrieved fans while walking the red carpet at the London Film Festival Sunday night, as she promoted her second directorial effort, the Wallis Simpson film biography "W.E."
The pop star, who also produced and co-wrote the movie, had stopped to speak with only a handful of the fans who had waited hours in London's Leicester Square, rousing their ire, said The Hollywood Reporter. The trade magazine wrote that "crowds booed around her" as she spoke with the satellite network Sky News, although a video of the interview doesn't contain any audible booing.
"I do know what it's like to be misunderstood on a global scale," Madonna, 53, told Sky, in reference to Simpson, the controversial American divorcée for whom King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry in 1937. "She lived in a time when women didn't have as many opportunities we do now. And she didn't have the chance to defend herself, so I'm taking the opportunity to do that for her," Madonna said.
Madonna meanwhile has not yet addressed reports that surfaced over the weekend that her older brother, Anthony Ciccone, is homeless in their native Michigan. The website MichiganMessenger.com interviewed Ciccone at a church soup kitchen in Traverse City, where he said he's been homeless for a year-and-a-half since losing his job at a vineyard and winery owned by the siblings' father.
"My family turned their back on me, basically, when I was having a hard time," he said. "You think I haven't answered this kind of question a bazillion times -- why my sister is a multibazillionaire, and I'm homeless on the street?"