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In a statement posted on her website Thursday, Madonna insisted that “playing the Olympia was a magical moment for me.”

“Unfortunately at the end of the show — after I left the stage — a few thugs who were not my fans rushed the stage and started throwing plastic bottles pretending to be angry fans,” she said.

“The press reports have focused on this and not the joyous aspect of the evening. But nothing can take away or ruin this very special evening for me and my fans.”

Madonna’s performance at the Olympia was initially greeted with enthusiastic cheers, but the mood turned sour as it became clear that after about 45 minutes the 53-year-old diva was not coming back for an encore.

A spokeswoman for the star said she had made an effort to keep ticket prices affordable for the Olympia show, which cost close to a million dollars to produce.

Celebrity website TMZ reported that the Thursday night fracas involved just a few dozen people, including supporters of France’s far-right National Front party.

The National Front has taken legal action against Madonna for screening a video showing its leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead during a concert in Paris earlier this month.

Bret Michaels, girlfriend call off engagement

Bret Michaels and longtime girlfriend Kristi Gibson have called off their engagement.

Mr. Michaels’ publicist, Joanna Mignano, said in a statement Monday the couple have separated.

Mr. Michaels and Miss Gibson have dated on and off for about 18 years. They got engaged in 2010. They have two daughters, Raine Elizabeth and Jorja Bleu.

The statement says Mr. Michaels and Miss Gibson will “remain great friends and are committed to jointly raising” their daughters.

Mr. Michaels was the vocalist for the band Poison. He also appeared on his own VH1 reality show.

Mr. Michaels was treated in 2010 for a brain hemorrhage. Last year, he underwent a procedure to close a hole in his heart.

• Compiled from Web and wire reports