On February 14 2013, Mark Kamins, Madonna’s ex-boyfriend, and pioneering DJ-producer who helped launch her career, died.
A fixture in the downtown New York City scene of the early 1980s, he held court at Danceteria and produced Madonna’s debut single, Everybody.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Madonna wrote:
“I’m very sorry to hear about Mark’s death. I haven’t seen him for years but if it weren’t for him, I might not have had a singing career. He was the first DJ to play my demos before I had a record deal. He believed in me before anyone else did. I owe him a lot. May he Rest in Peace.”
On July 12 2013, Madonna and ex-husband Guy Ritchie reunited to celebrate son Rocco’s bar mitzvah, and according to “sources” it was a joyful occasion for all. The bar mitzvah took place at the Kabbalah Centre in New York City.
On June 26, 2013, upon hearing the Supreme Court’s rulings on DOMA and Prop 8, Madonna made this statement:
“What a way to start my day!! I’m wearing a smile from ear to ear. There is a G-D! Justice is served. Hallelujah!!”
On April 28, 2013, Sir Elton John told Extra that his decade-long feud with Madonna had ended.
“We were in a restaurant in France in the summertime,” he explained. “She came in, and I sent over a note. She was very gracious. I apologized profusely because what I said should never have appeared in public.”
Their altercation began in 2002 when John had choice words over Madonna’s song for the James Bond Die Another Day film. He remarked that it was “the worst Bond tune ever.”
If that weren’t enough, the “Candle in the Wind” singer accused Madonna of lip syncing during her Re-Invention Tour in 2004 and deepened that speculation when he said, “Make sure you lip-sync good” before her Super Bowl performance.
Even John’s husband David Furnish insulted the Queen of Pop when he said “I like Madonna’s music, but not her movies,” while attending the 2012 Golden Globe Awards. Even more, Furnish said “she should stick to what she is good at,” when Madonna beat John for the Best Original Song (Masterpiece).
Now the couple’s attempt to extinguish the drama seems to have been well received by M.
“She accepted our apology, and then we bought her dinner,” John said. “That’s over and done with. She was fantastic. She was just like, ‘Okay, let’s get a move on.’”
Furnish added, “We don’t believe in putting negativity out in the world, both of us were embarrassed when all that stuff came out. But you’ve got to put all that behind you and just go forward with the positivity.”
On February 19 2013, Beyonce mentioned Madonna as being a maverick in Gentlewoman magazine:
“I think about Madonna and how she took all of the great things she achieved and started the label and developed other artists. But there are not enough of those women.”