Madonna has blasted 'ridiculous' claims made by Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld that Adele is 'too fat'.
She said: ''That's horrible. That's ridiculous, that's just the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.
''I don't like it when anybody says anything bad about anyone - I don't like it. Adele's a great talent and how much she weighs has nothing to do with it.''
She told The Sun: ''I was hit by this shocking sense of disbelief - especially with Whitney Houston.
''It had not been a secret, the struggles Amy had been through - both brilliant, brilliant artists and obviously both huge losses.
''But when these things happen, I'm always shocked by the first thing you say - 'It's such a loss' - which doesn't quite cover it. Then you reflect and you think, 'How did it happen? How did the people around them allow it to happen?'''
She continued: ''One thing I was struck by with Whitney Houston is I remember she sort of came out as a singer around the same time I did. I remember looking at her singing and hearing people talk about her, and just thinking, 'Oh my God. She's such a beautiful woman and my God, what an incredible voice. I wish I could sing like that.'
''I just remember being extremely envious of her and also touched by her innocence.
''I was struck by that - how well she started and where she ended up and the tragedy of it.''