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12 March 2012, 20:30 | Updated: 12 March 2012, 20:42
The 'Give Me All Your Luvin' singer admits she almost missed the rapper's hand gesture while watching the performance back.
Madonna says she doesn't think M.I.A's controversial hand gesture during their Super Bowl performance is as big of a deal as it's been built up as.
The 'Bad Girls' rapper was criticised of raising her middle finger to the camera during their joint performance at the live US sporting event last month, but Madonna admits she almost missed the cause of all the controversy.
I was upset because I knew that I got some people into trouble that really went forward for me," Madonna explained to The Sun this week. "On the other hand, I didn't know M.I.A did it, and everybody was outraged about it so I viewed the footage and I kind of almost missed it.
"And I was like, 'Oh, okay'. It didn't seem like that big a deal at the end of the day, so there's two sides to the story."
She added: "You know, that's her thing, it's pretty punk rock and actually, in the bigger picture of things, much crazier things have happened."
Madonna's twelfth studio album 'MDNA' is due for release on 26th March following singles 'Give Me All Your Luvin' and 'Girl Gone Wild'.