Madonna Does Pilates in West Hollywood

Posted on March 11, 2014

Madonna leaves her gym wearing all the things.

Madonna seen leaving a Pilates class in West Hollywood, California wearing Chloé triple-buckle booties.

We don’t normally concern ourselves with the “leaving the gym” genre of paparazzi photos, but she’s so loaded up and loaded down with … well, crap, that we can’t leave well enough alone. Who brings all that to the gym with her? The bag, the half-gloves, the scarf, the … jacket(?), the vest, the hideously unflattering jeans and the ugly fucking booties? Girl, leave some of that shit in your car. And burn the rest of it. If you’re half the Madonna we once thought you were, you’ll know which stuff we’re talking about.



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  • @Biting Panda

    Are those Rocco’s jeans?

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      Or maybe from Lourdes’ rebel phase.

  • Danielle

    Oh I don’t know, I think those gloves would be super practical when doing deadlifts.

    • EveEve

      The back of the hands are dificult for women to get “fixed.” And (like SJP) she’s received some pretty unkind comments in the past about how bad hers look. Hence the demi-coverups. I have no doubt she does not wear them when working out. She knew the paps were outside the door. Hands covered? check. Neck covered? check. Eyes covered? check. Forehead and knees? Have at it.

    • Pablo

      If she spent all that time gettin dressed she certainly had the time to take the gloves off after her work out

  • Anna

    Madonna leaves a Johnny Depp Method Pilates class in West Hollywood.

  • Glam Dixie

    The are the ugliest and most unflattering jeans I’ve ever seen and stop it with the half gloves. Everyone already knows.

    • 3boysful

      Half gloves with almost brass knuckles?? Who’s she planning to deck? And aren’t you glad you’ve never had to be behind her at an airport TSA checkpoint?

      • Glam Dixie

        I hate to say this but old Madonna kind of creeps me out. I’m glad I’ve never had to be behind her anywhere. Ever.

        • sojourneryouth

          Actually, I thank you for saying that, because I agree. While I have never been a fan really, I had respect for her career and how hard she has worked. Now, as a woman doing everything I can to accept aging and do it gracefully (thank sweet graham cracker Christ that black don’t crack!), Madonna straight up frightens me. She is the kind of creepy, desperate cougar that will do anything to maintain her sexxxy delusion, which is basically my worst nightmare!

          • SportifLateBoomer

            I love Madonna more than anything and respect her career so much, but I agree w/you that I can’t sign off to her attempts to look/remain youthful. They aren’t working for the most part.

            That being said, I nearly always wear a scarf like that — i find that I need a pop of color near my face so I don’t look too severe.

            And maybe she had a lunch date after the gym, so that’s why all the stuff?

            See, i will defend her to the death and make all the excuses. But the half-gloves are just a bridge too far.But yes, the hands don’t lie, and age is hard to hide there. For all SJP’s sartorial faults these days, at least she doesn’t try to cover hers up.

        • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

          Actually, she creeps me out, too. Glad I’m not the only one.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Those brass knuckle half-gloves must be a warning to the paparazzi to get no closer than her fists of fury can punch. And TSA security probably has a special celeb handling class

      • AC Simons

        If you’re Madonna, you don’t have to stand in ANY line with the hoi polloi.

    • ikillplants

      The jeans are intriguing; they are way too short, which makes me wonder if she lifted them from her daughter’s closet. Madonna would so do that.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Intriguing to say the least. I can’t stop staring at them, hovering an inch over ankle boots.

        If they were her daughter’s…..why???? She could get any jeans she wants, anytime. Did her laundry person ruin ALL her clothes?


      • kmk05

        No fifteen-year old would wear bootcut jeans.

    • Little_Olive

      Really, “cropped” (they don’t make it to ankle lenght imo) and “bootcut” are not even to be pronounced in the same sentence.

  • marlie

    I’ll take the bag off of her hands. Though for real, who uses a bag like that as their gym bag (well, other than Madonna, of course)?

    • formerlyAnon

      If I had her money my gym bag would look just like that. If, you know, I carried my own stuff. I’d probably just pay someone to keep my locker stocked with the outfit of the day and to deal with the post exercise laundry.

      • Kathy

        lol. I read “locker” as “rocker.”

      • julnyes

        with her money, I would never set foot in a public gym.

        • Aurumgirl


          She’s setting foot in that public gym complete with regalia because she feels she has to.

  • WendyD

    The crotch of those jeans is insane. WTF?

    • jonnyf8

      It’s disturbing!! Did she forget to tuck? Who knew!!!

      • tereliz

        Now I get it!

    • The Fuggirls refer to that as Polterwang.

  • Sarah

    Most Unflattering Jeans and Bootie Combo Contest: First Place Winner.

    • kmk05

      What about the Long Cardi Half Gloves combo?

      • Sarah

        Only judging below the belt today. The top half is too tragic to judge; it is just plain sad.

        • kmk05

          I don’t know, those jeans aren’t even from this century. Tbh, no one from last century would have been caught dead in them either, except in the 70s, and even then they weren’t destroyed.

      • Little_Olive

        I’m just trying to make sense of the visible bra under the cardi + white tank underneath. Where does that tank start? Does Madonna wear Maidenform lingerie combos?

  • mmebam

    And for all this, is it weird that the one thing that is setting me off is the hair? At least have the… I don’t know, whatever to put it up in a sloppy knot, or something…

    • Sarah

      Oh, yeah. The hair is terrible, too, but it is presumably post-shower and will get better. There’s no saving that outfit.

      • Rhonda Shore

        Clean or dirty, she needs a new do…

        • Little_Olive

          ^This. So much.

    • Glam Dixie

      The hair at least is the only thing that looks correct for leaving the gym, but why would you want to leave the gym like that? Put that mess up. It’s like she has either given up or she is so far up her own ass she has no idea anymore and no one has the stones to tell her.

      • MoHub

        I’d go with the latter.

  • formerlyAnon

    With normal jeans and decent shoes, I’d say this is the best looking photo I’ve seen of her in seven or eight years, at least.

    Has Madonna become so . . . ordinary a celeb that we see leaving-the-gym photos? Or it could be I just don’t pay attention. (More likely) I think the last time I saw on-the-street exercise-related shots of her was when Dick Tracy was out and she was “jogging” in Manhattan with Warren Beatty. Which was . . . 24 years ago???? Oh my god. Time flies.

  • altalinda

    How do celebrity gyms work, because I’m thinking she doesn’t just do a class or shower in the communal shower? Do they close the whole place down for her? Are there private dressing and shower rooms?

    • @Biting Panda

      I almost said the same. I’m picturing her in my gym’s crappy, nearly privacy free communal dressing area and trying to imagine how that all goes down.

    • deelup

      The most expensive gym in my area has private showers with attached changing rooms. However, even at the YMCA I worked at, we had a small locker room in addition to the main ones which could easily be blocked off for someone.

    • I thought she owns a chain of gyms? Surely she’d work out in one of her own!

  • Sal

    Who wears jeans after the gym?!

    • Adrianna Grężak

      Most people do in NYC – I never leave my house in sweatpants. Plus very few people lug around gym bags

  • sienna elm

    This is the first picture I’ve seen of her without her gold tooth ‘grill’ (if that’s what it’s called) and that makes the rest of this almost tolerable for me.

    • LearnedFoot

      Right? The outfit is obviously terrible, but Madonna herself looks pretty good. I haven’t seen a genuine smile from her in ages.

  • filmcricket

    Actually, I see people leaving the gym wearing all the things all the time. Not THOSE things, but jacket, scarf, gloves, bag, street clothes all present and accounted for. Of course, those people live where it’s cold, and don’t have handlers to carry all that stuff.

    • Anna

      Yup, some handlers to do the schlepping for me when I leave the gym would be amazing, and my own driver.

  • Zeee

    It was 75 degrees here yesterday. Why the parka?

    • SewingSiren

      Poor blood circulation.

      • Alloy Jane

        It was mid to high 80s in LA yesterday. I love warm weather but even I had to roll up my sleeves walking in dt, and it’s warmer up in the WeHo area for some reason. She’s dressed like this for some other reason that I cannot fathom.

  • This is not how a fashion icon should look. This is not how fuc*king Madonna should look. What happened, girl?

    • Annistella

      TOTALLY. She is fu*king Madonna and yet she looks *whispers* kind of sad.

  • SewingSiren

    Express yourself, hey, hey, meh…

    • I do yoga and pilates
      And the room is full of hotties
      So I’m checking out their bodies
      And you know I’m satisfied!

  • Rhonda Shore

    All of the stuff aside, what bothers me the most is the hair. I wish she’d go shorter…and i get that it’s post-exercise, but that long hair on her just bothers me.

  • jw_ny

    Impressive bulge and those thighs!…oh wait…that’s a chic…thought it was Brett Michaels. never mind. 😉

    • Mismarker

      I didn’t see it before but, yes, there is some polterwang happening here.

  • Guest

    whether the hair is clean or dirty, that style is so OVER. I wish she’d change it.

  • Mismarker

    One dangling chain away from wind chime territory.

  • Latin Buddy

    For someone that has built her career on carefully crafting her public image, it is baffling to see her tumble so far down the Respect Ladder over the past 5 years.

  • Trickytrisha

    I hope those are gym shorts bunched around her crotch. I’d hate to speculate otherwise.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    I like distressed jeans more than most people, but those just look bad.

    I certainly wouldn’t want my picture taken after I leave the gym (wearing an old pair of jeans 4 sizes too big and a ratty wool coat – I don’t shower at the gym, because my apartment is 5 minutes away) but Madonna also looks like this is a deliberate outfit…

    • Kitten Mittons

      4 sizes too big width-wise, but 4 sizes to small length-wise.
      I just don’t even know what that is.

      • kimmeister

        For little people clowns?

        • Kitten Mittons

          If they’re gonna store a clown car in the pants as well, maybe.

  • Sofia

    it makes me sad that she usually looks cray cray every time that she is photographed. if she keeps going down the path she has been on, how will she ever rebound? sigh. this is not what i ever expected of her.

  • kt

    It would have helped immensely if she had buttoned her sweater/ zipped her vest. Then it be Jcrew on the top, and ill fitting pants on the bottom.

  • RedRaven617

    You want to know how old a woman is? Look at her hands. I think the half gloves are a feeble attempt to hide any sign of aging. Honey, there is no shame in aging gracefully.

  • MilaXX

    UGH! Not not only is she not ageing gracefully, she’s not even fighting the march of time well. Yet again she looks stupid. Lose the glove, the booties and the sunglasses Madge, you look like an idiot.

  • The girl in the background cannot believe she’s getting photographed with Madonna while she is holding a Ralph’s grocery bag.

    • Jacob Bowen

      Well at least her outfit is more after-gym appropriate.

  • lobsterlen

    She sort of looks like a homeless person here. It looks like she has every coat she owns on. Semi serious question … If you were Madonna would go to the gym? I’d build my own gym at my home and pay a physical trainer to come to my house every day. If wanted “class” experience I’d invite some friends to join me. I think all that money is wasted on many celebrities.

    • Suzanne Moore

      She’s gone to a celebrity gym more for the post-exercise photo ops than Pilates.

    • jilly_d

      I scrolled down here to type exactly that.

  • Cheryl

    Uh, sorry but I do. I always have a load of stuff with me as I leave the gym, (gym bag, purse, water, smoothie, coffee, scarf, gloves, hat, phone, coat, reading glasses, sunglasses, books). Honestly, to me she looks like she’s traveling light. However those are really ugly jeans, the fit is horrible. I kind of like the boots.

  • tallgirl1204

    ohhh, I really like the booties. Oh well.

  • Tanya Wade

    The jeans and black T might have worked, if not for the pissed-on-snow yellow hair. Don’t eat the yellow snow, Madge, or dye your hair that color. There is no shame in going natural-ish. Is the chick holding the Ralph’s bag behind her part of the entourage or no? Cute Adidas and flips. Much more appropriate for a sweaty Pilates class.

  • Gatto Nero

    Verging into elderly windchime territory.

  • Akemi

    I don’ t understand anything that is happening here.

  • Qitkat

    Wow. “Artfully Disheveled”
    “Okaay, here we go. Paps are waiting. BIG smile. Face lowered. Don’t trip. Gawd, I’m poledancing as hard as I can, even when I’m not.”

  • trishy4301

    Join me in my pet peeve, won’t you?

    It was around 85 degrees in LA yesterday. Why is she dressed for a polar vortex?

    • Alloy Jane

      This is such a fashion victim look. Her and SJP should start a club for people who wear stupid, contrived shit in public and pretend it is fashion forward.

  • deelup

    I think this is the most normal, least fashion victim look I’ve seen her in for eons. I like it.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I refuse to believe this is Madonna. Especially from the waist down. And especially from the waist up.

  • Oddly enough, I find this the best she’s looked and dressed in years. I’ll take this over some of the more egregious fashion disasters she’s sported lately.

    • Imasewsure

      That’s what I thought… and I hate faux ripped jeans

    • formerlyAnon

      Not odd at all. If the jeans were the correct length for those shoes (and in a beneficent universe, if the shoes were the actual badass shoes she should be wearing considering she can afford custom made shoes if nothing off the rack suits) I’d say she looks great.


    Why is she holding windchimes?

    • jw_ny

      I may be mistaken, but I think they are hanging from the door knob.

      • kimmeister

        BWAHAHAHAHA that would be the most hilarious thing if she and Johnny Depp started carrying around wind chimes.

  • Raspberry2012

    Jesus… they don’t sell blowdryers and hairbrushes in West Hollywood?

  • clatie

    She’s thrown all that shit on to distract us from the nightmare north of her neck.

  • MzzPants

    Ha! You referenced Hyperbole and a Half. Nice.

  • kmk05

    She must have called the paps, because who dresses like this coming out of the gym? It hurts that the jeans are so ill-fitting, and that cardigan is ridiculous, especially paired with the gloves.

  • Imasewsure

    I don’t know… I like it on her and I haven’t liked much on her lately… wet hair doesn’t bug me either since I kind of hate blow dryers too

  • decormaven

    Is a vest, and a jacket, and two scarves, and… what? I can’t discern all the layers here. But the bottom line is none of it is working. I refuse to look at those jeans- faux ripped jeans are a needle scratch for me.

  • mickiemonkey

    Somehow I don’t think she gets the same little locker box I do when I go to the gym.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I don’t hate those gloves nearly as much as I should.

  • Chadge

    With all due respect, you really don’t get that she does not give a fuck, do you?

    • With all due respect, you really don’t get that that makes not one bit of difference to us, do you?

      • Chadge

        It’s a vicious cycle of zero fucks given, I guess. I just wonder if by throwing shade on what someone wheres to or from the gym you’ve crossed the line from clever and snarky to needlessly bitchy.

        • Alloy Jane

          Oh you poor, delusional thing. You think she doesn’t care what people think about her? You think this is an “I just left the gym” outfit? This is an “I went to this gym class so people can take pictures when I leave” outfit. Also, there is no Santa Clause, Tooth Fairy, nor Easter Bunny. I understand if you can’t process this. It took a while for folks to accept the roundness of the world too.

          Besides, all bitchiness is needless but that doesn’t stop it from being entertaining to partake in.

          • Chadge

            But as you so beautifully demonstrate, not all bitches are entertaining. T&Lo often showcase the smart side of bitchery ; thus, I don’t understand why they chose the low hanging fruit of a post-workout outfit to bear their usually flawless claws. I doubt you could do better, but they can, which is why I’m critical of this post.

          • You’re a hardcore Madonna fanboy and you hate that we said critical things about your idol. Let’s not paint this up in anything else. Now stop being bitchy to other commenters.

          • Chadge

            Without question, I probably would have not commented to a post of this nature if it were about anyone else. It doesn’t change the fact you can aim higher. There’s a difference between petty and snarky, or clever and bitchy. Maybe you guys are forgetting that. I also am beginning to see a level of defensiveness in some of your writing that wasn’t there before. That’s too bad.

            While I hate the “she did it first” argument, well….she was bitchy first.

          • Sorry, Chadge, but there’s not one word in here any harsher than the vast majority of our celebrity posts. This is how we always write. You just don’t like that we wrote it about Madonna.

    • marlie

      I respectfully disagree. There’s a strong chance that someone on her staff (publicist, agent, whoever) informed the paparazzi that she was going to be going to/coming from the gym, which is why they’re there in the first place.

    • @Biting Panda

      Oh, she gives a fuck. Just ask those gloves she wears, or those clothes she uses to desperately try to stay relevant and young.

    • Klee

      She clearly gives a lot of fucks. She has a personal trainer, so just going to a public class is planned for utmost exposure. Plus, that outfit? Clearly chosen for impact.

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    Lindsay Lohan frantically screaming at an assistant somewhere to get her MADONNA’S F*CKING BOOTS.

  • Morales Mike

    The two coats and a scarf are pretty unnecessary as it was 80 degrees here yesterday. As for the gloves & booties…didn’t she make fun of Michael Jackson and all his costume-y affectations (epaulets, gloves, sparkly socks, etc) 20+ years ago? At least she took out the grill. If she’d done Pilates in it THAT would have been hysterical.

  • OhSheila

    She put on ALL that crap and didn’t blow dry her hair after her shower? Do better, Mo.

  • Kate4queen

    My daughter looks like this coming out of school some days because I have threatened her to bring back all the crap she has left in her locker…yeah, so I sort of get it. 😉

  • Lilithcat

    Pity she can’t afford a decent pair of jeans.

    • tintashoopa

      I love to say to my kids when we I see someone with ripped jeans, “It’s sad that that poor person can’t afford to buy new pants.”
      Or when I’m in a store and there is a full display of ripped and tattered jeans, I’ll say to the sales person, “You must be very upset that this whole shipment of jeans has come in torn. Now you’ll have to send them back.”

      As you can imagine, my kids just think I’m hilarious!!

  • teensmom99

    Okay, I finally read the book after wresting it out of Ms. Teen’s hands and now I can’t look at a picture like this. Now that TLo have broken the code for me, I just can’t. In fact, in addition to ruining this picture for me, the book has also ruined all celebrity interviews–such as Angelina Jolie in EW where every other word was “mother” and Elisabeth Moss’s side boob in NY mag.

  • The Versatile Chef

    Wait: aren’t those the boots from “Desparately Seeking Susan”? Or a damn close facsimile.

  • rh33

    At least she’s not wearing her grill. That’s an improvement.

  • allcapsERINN

    Leave Joan Rivers alone!

  • How do you spell “affectation?” M-A-D-G-E

  • Honestly, I’m sweating just looking at her. Who piles all that shit on after a workout?

  • peachy

    hunny, just stop. it’s painful for all of us who want to love you.

  • SierraDelta

    Girl, That’s Not Your. . .Anything.

  • Passionflora

    Hot mess. I suppose she thinks she’s hot.

  • GorgeousThings

    My first thought on seeing those gloves was, “She must really hate her hands.”

  • GorgeousThings

    I’m Irish, so the jowls are heading south, but I wouldn’t do to myself what she’s done. I’d rather grow old and accept myself as I am. Besides, I tried some of that filler shit once and I looked like someone took a baseball bat to my face. Never. Again.

    • formerlyAnon

      Please. Let us not speak of jowls. The handwriting is on my wall, and I choose not to dwell.

      I confess, if I had the money, I’d be tempted to do the jawline. If not now, in maybe 5 years. I wish I didn’t care, but I haven’t gotten there yet.

      • alyce1213

        Jowl and neck for me! Yeah, if I had the money, I would because those are the places where it youthens the most and doesn’t look “done.” I remember Angela Lansbury had hers done a while back. Her neck and jowls were gone, and she looked 20 years younger even though her beautiful, lined face with character was untouched.

        • LambeeBaby

          Suddenly I have neck excess. I’m thinking of skillfully deploying a hair clip to hold it back.

  • Badriya Al-Badi’a

    Maybe that’s all the stuff she doesn’t mind ruining with post-workout sweatiness…

  • Daktari100

    Who brings all that to the gym with her? The bag, the half-gloves, the scarf, the…? Celebrities with a team of personal assistants who can carry all that crap for them. Madge looks fantastic.

    • We’re talking about all the stuff she’s wearing and carrying herself.

  • antonialee

    This is second only to the Quaker Oats Man suit she sported a few months back. She could rock so many looks, but she continues right along the desperate path. In other news, I want that bag!

  • Rachel Sawyer

    At least she left the grill @ home.

  • Did anyone else think of Edina Monsoon when they saw that outfit? It looks like something she would have put together to seem younger and hipper.

  • Ann VerWiebe

    Hey! That’s what I wore to work today!