Sunday, April 19, 2009
Madonna; back in (and out) of the saddle again: falls from horse in Hamptons after paparazzi spook animal
BY George Rush and Jotham Sederstrom
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Updated Saturday, April 18th 2009, 9:35 PM
Madonna rode a horse for the 'Late Show with David Letterman' back in 2005.
The Material Mom was rushed to Southampton Hospital with minor injuries and bruises after a fall while riding at the Bridgehampton farm of celebrity photographer Steven Klein.
Madonna was recovering at friend Gwyneth Paltrow's Amagansett estate, a source said.
It was the second tumble in less than four years for the equestrian, who was released Saturday night from the hospital, publicist Liz Rosenberg said.
Rosenberg claimed the accident occurred when the horse she was riding was surprised by paparazzi, who jumped out of the bushes to photograph the pop singer Saturday.
Boy toy of the moment Jesus Luz and others watched in shock as the helmeted mother of three tumbled to the ground.
Klein, who has collaborated with Madonna before, including a 2006 photo spread featuring Madge posing in equestrian-themed shots, did not return calls for comment.
It wasn't Madge's first wild ride.
Madonna broke three ribs, a hand and a collarbone in 2005 after slipping from the saddle during her 47th birthday celebration.
The fall happened at her England estate while riding a polo horse she was not acquainted with alongside an assistant. She called it "the most painful experience of my life."
Madonna's children, Rocco and Lourdes, were at the Wiltshire estate, but did not witness the accident.
There was speculation, however, that the fall fueled domestic problems that eventually ripped apart her marriage with film director Guy Ritchie.
The director of "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" showed a "complete lack of love and sympathy" following the fall, according to published reports quoting friends of the pair.
"From the moment Madonna fell from that horse, their marriage was doomed," sources told Britain's The Sun. "If you can pinpoint an exact event, Madonna's horse-riding accident was it. Every other row the couple had following that boiled down to what happened that summer."
Last summer, while the pair was still married, the occasional actress stepped out with Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez. A lawyer for his wife, Cynthia Rodriguez, called the relationship an "affair of the heart."
Madonna and Ritchie divorced in November.