Madonna has opened up about her Brit Awards 'horror show.'

The pop icon was performing her song Living for Love at London's 02 arena when she was yanked off the stage by her cape, falling flat on her back in front of a viewing audience of millions.

The star was quickly trending on Twitter as her dramatic fall from grace went viral. While trolls revelled in her embarrassment, her fans leapt to her defence and the singer was widely praised for her professionalism as she stoically continued with her performance.

During an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show, the 56-year-old refuted rumours that the incident, which occurred as she sang the words "I will pick myself up I will continue," was staged to grab-headlines.

Shaking her head she said: "I'm never writing lyrics like that again! The universe was trying to teach me a lesson I guess."

Explaining what happened she said: "I'm a creature of habit and I rehearse everything - everything, everything, everything - and I was thrown a wrench at the very beginning of my entrance. I was told to tie my cape and start much further back than we had rehearsed so because I had to walk so much further, everybody was worried that my cape was going to slide off because it's quite heavy so they tied it really tight around my neck.

"So here I am marching in like a queen and I got to the top of the stairs and I pulled my silky string and it would not come undone and my two lovely japanese dancers basically strangled me off the stage. I had a choice, I could either be strangled or fall with the cape and I fell."

Madonna revealed she hurt her head when she fell off the stage. AFP / Getty Images

Ever the pro the pop queen picked herself up and went on with the show, but as she revealed she did suffer some injuries.

"I didn't hurt my butt, I hurt my head. I did. I know how to fall, I've fallen off my horse many times and I tucked and I have good core strength"' she explained.

"But the thing is, I had a little bit of a whiplash and I smacked the back of my head so there was a man standing over me with a flashlight until about 3am making sure that I was still compos mentis.'

The singer, who looked far younger than her 56 years, said she has avoided watching the clip of her performance. "It was a horrible nightmare because I like to be amazing. Seriously I rehearse and I rehearse and I rehearse so that when I do the show, it's effortless and I create magic and I did the opposite. I actually created a horror show for everyone," she joked.

According to The Daily Mirror, the controversial pop star also addressed the references to drugs in her new song Devil Pray.

The track includes the lyrics "we can get high, we can get stoned, we can do Es, we can do acid."

The singer revealed it was more than just her ego that was bruised. ITV

While she admitted that she doesn't like to take drugs having experimented with them when she was younger, she has candid conversations about drug use with her children - Lourdes, 18, Rocco, 14, Mercy, nine, and David, also nine.

"I am not a big fan of drugs. They just don't suit me,' she confessed. 'The handful of times I have tried drugs, many many many many years ago, I just didn't enjoy it. I wanted it out of me. I started guzzling bottles of water thinking that was going to end it," she said.

"I just ask my daughter [Lourdes] to make wise decisions and to do things in moderation and to try not to mix her alcohol," she revealed. "I am not going to say 'no, don't do it'because that is just absurd. And it is not fair. Yeah, I did it."

The Jonathan Ross Show Madonna Special will broadcast on ITV on Saturday March 14.