Madonna's Rep: Photog 'Got a Bad Shot'

The material girl's got a bad angle?

Apparently, according to her publicist. Liz Rosenberg is defending Madonna after photos of her looking far less than sexy made the rounds on the Internet earlier this week. Leaving the Kaballah Center in New York last Friday with daughter Lourdes, the normally fresh-faced 49-year-old looked like a gaunt, shriveled shell of her former self.

"I just think the photographer got a bad shot of her or it was touched up to make her look bad," Rosenberg told People magazine. "I saw Madonna two days before at her rehearsal and she looked amazing -- glowing skin and working really hard on her show."

"She may look a little thinner than usual," she added, "but she was dancing and singing better than ever and ate a nice healthy meal."

Rosenberg also shot down speculation that the pop star's less-than-stellar appearance could be due to stress from rumors that her marriage to director Guy Richie is on the rocks over speculation about late-night rendezvous with New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez.

"She's working hard rehearsing eight hours a day for her tour," Rosenberg said, who went on to call reports that Madonna ghost-wrote parts of her brother's tell-all book "ludicrous."

"If she had anything to do with that book, it would have been better written and more eloquent," she said. "To say Madonna needs publicity is insane. Her ticket sales are amazing. And she's in a great space."

Hopefully, a space with a comfortable bed, personal chef and an eye mask.

Sheila Marikar

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