On a recent stop on her hotly anticipated Celebration Tour, pop icon Madonna opened up about just how miraculous her stage show really is.
The show is, by all accounts, a triumph, but it's not the classic tunes or the Queen of Pop's famous dance moves that make this tour her most special. It's because, in Madonna's own words, it's a "f**king miracle" she's even alive.
During a recent concert in Belgium, Madonna became visibly emotional while candidly talking about the deadly bacterial infection that came terrifyingly close to killing her over the summer.
Madonna was found unresponsive in her New York home in June, allegedly by her 10-year-old twins Estere and Stella. A lengthy ICU stay ensued, and the Celebration Tour, meant to mark the 40th anniversary of the beginning of her career and originally set to open in July, was delayed until October due to her lengthy recovery.
During her show in Antwerp, Madonna told the crowd:
“Less than four months ago, I was in a hospital and I was unconscious, and people were thinking, predicting, that I might not make it."
"It’s a f**king miracle that I’m here right now. My mother, God bless her, she must be watching over me. She said, ‘Girl, it’s not your time to go.’”
She also spoke of how she feels all the more fortunate given that her mother, with whom she shares a name, passed away of breast cancer in 1963 when Madonna was just five years old.
"I had this strange thought. I suddenly had sympathy and empathy for my mother, not about the dying part, but how lonely she must have felt being in the hospital knowing that she wasn’t going to live."
"And I was given another chance, so I’m very grateful for that.”
She then confessed that while she still doesn't feel "very well" she also "can't complain, because I'm alive."
On social media, people were deeply moved by Madonna's heartfelt candor.
Madonna also thanked her six children and her fans for helping her get through her harrowing ordeal. The Celebration Tour is schedule to continue through April 2024.