Directly following the announcement that Madonna will perform during halftime at this year's Super Bowl, topless leaked photos of an unairbrushed Queen of Pop emerged rousing controversy for the 53-year-old singer.
Nude leaked photos popped up on the Internet on Friday showing a scantily clad and un-airbrushed Madonna during her 2009 photo shoot for W Magazine with photographer Steve Klein, Pop Bytes reported. The unedited, untouched photos show every wrinkle and line of Madonna, long criticized for acting too young, as she has long been dating 24-year-old Brahim Zaibat.
The undoctored photos show the then 50-year-old topless looking in the mirror while she undresses while prepping behind the scenes for the shoot. The other raw pictures leaked feature Madge topless lounging in a chair in her underwear in the hotel room in December 2008.
Days before the leaked photos of a nude Madonna emerged, NFL's Around the League reported on Monday that the Queen of Pop will perform during the 15 minute halftime at Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium in Houston on Feb. 4.
Madonna had reportedly been in talks with NFL to land the Super Bowl halftime slot and finally struck a deal for this year's upcoming show. The NFL approached Madonna to play Super Bowl XXXIII in 1998 and in 2000 for Super Bowl XXXV, but the singer backed out each time.
Fans appear divided on NFL's choice to invite Madonna to play the Super Bowl, as it seems the league is reverting to interest in veteran acts since the 2004 Janet Jackson Nipplegate scandal.
In years following the incident, the NFL opted for acts like Paul McCarthy, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and The Who to play the Super Bowl halftime. Only last year did the NFL choose a halftime show featuring the Black Eyed Peas and Usher to appeal to a younger audience.
So far, the NFL has not commented on Madonna's Super Bowl performance announcement or any controversies surrounding the leaked photos, NFL's Around the League reported.