Pop legend Madonna has spoken out for the first time after she was hospitalized last month following a health emergency that required her to be rushed to the hospital.
In a message posted online Monday, the gay icon announced that she’s making the decision to delay her tour until October. The Celebration tour was to begin on July 15 in Vancouver, but will now begin in Europe.
“My first thought when I woke up in the hospital was my children. My second thought was that I did not want to disappoint anyone who bought tickets for my tour,” Madonna wrote.
She added, "I also didn't want to let down the people who worked tirelessly with me over the last few months to create my show. I hate to disappoint anyone."
She also thanked her fans for their “prayers and words of healing and encouragement.”
Madonna wrote that she was on the mend. “My focus now is my health and getting stronger and I assure you, I’ll be back with you as soon as I can!”
In late June, Madonna was found unresponsive during an unspecified medical emergency. She was even reportedly revived through the use of Narcan, which while usually used to treat drug overdoses, can also be used to treat other illnesses, including infections. There’s no indication Madonna had suffered an overdose.
Guy Oseary, Madonna’s manager, previously said she had “developed a serious bacterial infection which led to a several-day stay in the ICU.”