Rapper Cardi B and pop icon Madonna have reconciled following an online clash over the latter’s comments about pioneering female sexuality.
The initial spat came after Madonna posted an Instagram Story on Saturday (22 October), reflecting on the 30th anniversary of her groundbreaking coffee table book S.E.X.
She wrote how she’d opened doors for artists such as Cardi B, signed off with “You’re welcome b***hes” and used the clown emoji – which Cardi took issue with, tweeting to say icons become “disappointments”.
But on Sunday (23 October), both stars tweeted to say they had spoken and put their differences behind them.
I talked to Madonna …It was beautiful 🥲….Have a great day and drive safely yallll😘
— Cardi B (@iamcardib) October 23, 2022
I love you @iamcardib !! ♥️
Always have and always will.
— Madonna (@Madonna) October 23, 2022
This was confirmed by Hollywood Unlocked‘s Jason Lee, who revealed he sat in on a phone call between Cardi and Madonna, with the pair saying the “communication going on has broadened their love for each other”.
On the phone with Madonna and Cardi. Listening to both women share their perspective on the communication going on has broadened their love for each other. Love this [signed a fly on the wall] @iamcardib
— Jason Lee (@theonlyjasonlee) October 23, 2022
Cardi B also appeared on Hollywood Unlocked to speak about the reconciliation.
“My feelings [were] a little hurt because to me Madonna is not no regular artist; she’s actually somebody that I really look up to,” she said.
‘Now Cardi can sing about her WAP’
In her original post on Instagram, Madonna wrote: “30 years ago I published a book called S.E.X. In addition to photos of me naked there were photos of men kissing men, woman kissing woman and me kissing everyone.”
She continued, highlighting the criticism she received after the book’s publication. She went on to say that female celebrities like Cardi, Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus owe the ability to freely express their sexuality to her.
“Now Cardi B can sing about her WAP. Kim Kardashian can grace the cover of any magazine with her naked ass and Miley Cyrus can come in like a wrecking ball,” she continued.
In a series of now-deleted tweets, Cardi called out Madonna’s message – in particular, the last line of the Instagram Story, which featured the phrase “You’re welcome b***hes” and a clown emoji.
“I literally [paid] this woman homage so many times cause I grew up listening to her… she can make her point without putting clown emojis and getting slick out the mouth,” Cardi said, captioning a screenshot of a 2018 article in which she praised Madonna.
“These icons really become disappointments once u make it in the industry that’s why I keep to myself.”
The rapper recently caught attention of fans after saying she wanted to start going to gay clubs because straight clubs weren’t “turning up no more”.