Madonna has emerged to update fans on her health status and the status of her upcoming Celebration tour following her hospitalization late last month.
The Material Girl, who spent several days in intensive care after contracting “a serious bacterial infection,” took to Instagram on Monday to express her gratitude and thanked fans for their positive energy, prayers, words of healing and encouragement.
“I felt your love. I’m on the road to recovery and incredibly grateful for all the blessings in my life,” said the 64-year-old singer a statement published on the platform – her first since news of her illness broke.
“My first thought when I woke up in the hospital was my children. My second thought was that I didn’t want to disappoint anyone who bought tickets for my tour,” she wrote. “I also didn’t want to let down the people who have worked tirelessly with me over the past few months to create my show. I hate disappointing anyone.
“My focus now is on my health and getting stronger and I assure you I will be with you as soon as possible,” she continued.
The ‘Vogue’ and ‘Like a Prayer’ singer was due to kick off her career 43-city tour in Vancouver on Friday, but has confirmed the North American leg of the tour will be postponed. She was scheduled to play at the Crypto.com Arena in downtown LA on September 27th, 28th, 30th and October 1st. However, she now plans to kick off the world tour in Europe in October.
“I couldn’t be more grateful for your care and support,” she added. A second slide in the Instagram post included a selfie of the singer, dressed casually with some makeup on, looking directly at the camera.
Madonna’s longtime manager Guy Oseary revealed last month that the singer had developed “a serious bacterial infection” that led to her being hospitalized for several days.
“Her health is improving, but she is still receiving medical treatment. A full recovery is expected. At this point we have to pause all commitments, including the tour,” added Oseary. Since then, her friend and “A League of Their Own” co-star Rosie O’Donnell has shared some health updates, assuring fans that the entertainer is “fine” and “very strong” following the illness.
Fans and followers took to Madonna’s comments section on Monday to share their congratulations, including a handful of celebrities.
“We’re with you all the time, Madonna. Thinking of you and sending you love, strength and hugs for a speedy recovery. The world can’t wait to see you back on stage!!! I love you very much ♥️ Donatella,” commented fashion designer Donatella Versace.
“We love you so much you never let us down,” added actress Julia Fox.