Fans and media have already shamed Karl Lagerfeld for fat-shaming Adele, but now Madonna‘s getting on his case—and pointing the discussion towards her talent instead of her looks. In an interview with The Sun, she said his comments about the singer’s weight were “horrible” and offered advice to the younger pop star for weathering the kind of criticism doled out by Lagerfeld.
When asked what she thought of Lagerfeld’s remark that Adele “is a little too fat,” Madonna replied:
That’s horrible. That’s ridiculous, that’s just the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard…Adele’s a great talent and how much she weighs has nothing to do with it.
And—as someone who’s endured her own fair share of criticism herself—Madonna also offered her advice for getting through remarks about her weight and otherwise:
The thing for Adele to remember is at the end of the day, whether you rise or fall, it has so much to do with how you sustain yourself and keep your integrity and inner strength.
Lagerfeld has since apologized for his comments about Adele’s weight, but either way, Adele doesn’t seem horribly phased. She recently told Anderson Cooper that she isn’t focused on changing her body to fit the mold of Rihanna or Beyonce:
Not at all … I’ve never really thought about it at all. It only comes to my attention if I were to read something about it. I think everyone else makes a bigger deal out of it, but that’s kind of their job, really.
[...] I’ve never seen pictures of hot men and been like, ‘I need to change what I look like if I want to be with them,’ or to sell more records—I don’t even need to. I’m selling records.
She doesn’t seem to need Madonna’s help to keep her head on straight about her priorities, but still: It’s nice to hear more women in pop culture stand up for each other against nasty criticism of their weight and looks.