Madonna talked about her Super Bowl performance during an interview with Ryan Seacrest on Friday, and addressed the middle-finger M.I.A. controversy.
When Ryan asked, "What was your reaction to the sneaky move M.I.A. pulled," the superstar replied, "Well, to tell you the truth, I didn't even know about it. I actually didn't know about it until I left. I was really surprised."
She added, "I mean, I wasn't happy about it, because for me, I understand it's kind of punk rock and everything, but there was such a feeling of love and good energy and positivity, it just seemed... negative."
(Listen to Madonna's full response at around 07:24.)
Madge also said she felt "an incredible sense of, it sounds cheesy, but warmth, love and support," during her performance of "Like a Prayer." She chuckled, "I didn't want it to end."