Back in June, pop legend Madonna was rushed to the hospital and put in intensive care after she was found unresponsive at her New York City residence, forcing her to postpone her long-awaited Celebration tour. Fans across the globe expressed their concern for the mega star.
Guy Oseary, Madonna’s manager, confirmed the singer had entered the hospital in a June 28 Instagram post.
“On Saturday June 24, Madonna developed a serious bacterial infection which [led] to a several day stay in the ICU. Her health is improving, however she is still under medical care. A full recovery is expected,” he wrote. “At this time we will need to pause all commitments, which includes the tour.”
Madonna also spoke out on her Instagram, thanking fans for support, and expressing disappointment that she had to postpone her tour. Now, healed and ready to rock, Madonna shared with the world a first-hand account what that life-threatening week in June was like.
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On October 14, on opening night of the rescheduled world tour Celebration, Madonna broke her silence about the terrifying incident and shared with the crowd at London’s O2 Arena that she “didn’t think she would make it.”
“I didn’t think I would make it, and neither did my doctors,” she said to fans at the sold-out concert, revealing just how close she was to passing away. “That’s why I woke up with all of my children sitting around me.”
The legendary star was emotional and rubbed her head while she spoke about the terrible ordeal back in June with the crowd.
“I forgot five days of my life, or my death, I don’t really know where I was. But the angels were protecting me. And my children were there. And my children always save me, every time.”
Fans cheered and cried out in support as Madonna went on to explain what pulled her through the dark and scary time.
“If you want to know how I pulled through and how I survived, I thought, I have got to be there for my children. I have to survive for them.”
Next, she performed an acoustic version of Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive, which, understandably, sent the crowd into another dimension.
Madonna was photographed wearing a bandage on her leg to support her knee during the show, suggesting that she might still be experiencing pain or weakness, but like the song says, she will survive.