UPDATE: Madonna shared a longer note on Facebook after her initial series of tweets remembering David Bowie.
“I’m devastated,” she wrote. “David Bowie changed the course of my life forever. I never felt like I fit in growing up in Michigan. Like an oddball or a freak. I went to see him in concert at Cobo Arena in Detroit. It was the first concert I’d ever been too. I snuck out of the house with my girlfriend wearing a cape. We got caught after and I was grounded for the summer. I didn’t care.”
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EARLIER: Madonna shared a series of tweets early Monday morning to honor David Bowie hours after his passing. The Material Girl, who accepted Bowie’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1996, initially wrote that she was “devastated,” adding that her first concert was seeing the iconic British rocker in Detroit.
Madonna then tweeted out a series of superlatives — “Talented. Unique. Game Changer. The Man Who Sold The World” — and declared Bowie’s “spirit lives on forever.” She also posted an old photograph of herself with Bowie with the comment “So lucky to have met you! Hot Tramp I love you so!”
Madonna recounted her experience as a 15-year-old at a Bowie concert when speaking at the Rock Hall induction ceremony. “I don’t think that I breathed for two hours. It was the most amazing show that I’d ever seen, not just because the music was great, but because it was great theater,” she said. “I came home a changed woman, as you can see, and my father was not sleeping and he knew exactly where I went, and he grounded me for the rest of the summer. But it was worth every minute that I sat and suffered in my house that summer.”
See Madonna’s tweets and footage of her 1996 speech about Bowie below.