"I must tell you, I don’t feel really well right now, but I can’t complain ‘cause I’m alive," said Madonna, reflecting on her bacterial infection
Love is going to lift Madonna up.
After a scary hospitalization for a serious bacterial infection over the summer, the Queen of Pop is finally on her much-anticipated Celebration Tour — and opening up about how she's feeling.
"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," said Madonna, 65, during her show at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium, according to fan-filmed footage.
"So, it’s a f---ing 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,'" continued the "Vogue" singer, whose mother died of breast cancer in 1963.
Madonna told the crowd she recently had a "strange thought" about her mother. "I suddenly had sympathy and empathy for my mother, not about the dying part, but how lonely she must have felt laying in a hospital, knowing that she wasn’t going to live, and I was given another chance," she said. "So I’m very grateful for that."
The Grammy winner then shared details of her current physical condition. "I must tell you, I don’t feel really well right now, but I can’t complain ‘cause I’m alive," said Madonna. "Thank God for my children and all of you for your love and support, I really appreciate it."
The Celebration Tour kicked off Oct. 14 at The O2 Arena in London, and she's currently six shows into its 78-date run. During one of the opening performances in the U.K., Madonna reflected on her "crazy year" and the hospitalization.
"I didn't think I was gonna make it. Neither did my doctors. That's why I woke up with all of my children sitting around me. I forgot five years 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," she said of Lourdes, Rocco, 23, David, 18, Mercy, 17, and Stella and Estere, 11.
"If you want to know my secret and you want to know how I pulled through and survived, I thought, I have to be there for my children. I have to survive for them," added Madonna at the time.
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