She’s an icon of pop culture, so when the news of what happened to Madonna broke on June 28, 2023, fans were understandably worried.

The “Like A Virgin” legend announced her 12th concert tour, Madonna: The Celebration Tour, in January 2023, to mark her 40th anniversary in the music business. “Come join the party! #madonnacelebrationtour,” Madonna captioned an Instagram post of the tour poster. She also shared an Instagram video starring celebrities like Diplo, Judd Apatow, Jack Black, Lil Wayne, Bob The Drag Queen, Kate Berlant, Larry Owens, Megan Stalter and Eric André. She was planning to kick off said tour in Vancouver, Canada on July 15, 2023, but a stint in the ICU put all of those plans on pause.  



What happened to Madonna? Here’s everything we know.

July 30, 2023

On July 30, 2023, Madonna posted a tribute to her kids, Lourdes, 26 and David, 17, on Instagram. She captioned the post, “Love from family and friends is the best Medicine. One month out of the hospital and I can reflect. As a Mother you can really get caught up In the needs Of your children and the seemingly endless giving……….. But when the chips were down my children really showed up for me. I saw a side to them I had never seen before. It made all the difference.”

She continued, “So did the love and support from my friends. If you zoom into this Picture I am holding You will see A Polaroid taken by Andy Warhol of Keith Haring wearing a jacket with Michael Jackson’s face painted on it. A perfect triangle of Brilliance. Artist who touched so many lives including my own. I sobbed when I opened this gift because I realized how lucky I am to be alive. And how fortunate I am to have known these people and so many others who are also gone. Thank you @guyoseary for this gift! And Thank you to all my angels who protected me and let me Stay to finish doing my work! ♥️”

July 10, 2023

Madonna spoke out for the first time since her emergency hospitalization with a post shared on Instagram on July 10, 2023. “Thank you for all your positive energy, prayers and words of healing and encouragement. I have felt your love. I’m on the road to recovery and incredibly grateful for all the blessings in my life,” she wrote.

“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 brought tickets for my tour. 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.”

Madonna continued: “My focus is now my health and getting stronger and I assure you, I’ll be back with you as soon as I can! The current plan is to reschedule the North American leg of the tour and begin in October in Europe. I couldn’t be more grateful for your care and support.”

June 24, 2023

Her manager, Guy Oseary, announced in a statement published to Instagram that Madonna, 64, had suffered serious health issues that will impact her upcoming world tour, where she planned to perform her greatest hits from her 1983 self-titled debut through her 2019 album, Madame X.

“On Saturday, June 24, Madonna developed a serious bacterial infection which lead to a several-day stay in the ICU,” he wrote. “Her health is improving; however she is still under medical care,” he wrote.

“A full recovery is expected. At this time we will need to pause all commitments, which includes the tour,” the statement continued. Madonna was preparing to kick off her Celebration World Tour next month, commemorating the 40-year anniversary of her career. We will share more details with you soon as we have them, including a new start date for the tour and for rescheduled shows.” A source later added to People: “She is out of the ICU now and recovering.”

According to Page Six, the music legend was rushed to hospital after being found unresponsive and was intubated for at least one night before having the tube removed.

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Madonna’s last health scare was in 2020 when she had to undergo replacement surgery almost a year after an injury she sustained on her Madame X tour forced her to cancel several North American shows. During her Madame X Presents: Madame Xtra Q&A special in 2021, “Let me be really honest with you—I used to be, like, a fitness/workout maniac,” she said at the time. “You probably know that right?… During my [2019 Madame X] tour—I don’t know if you’ve noticed it, but I’m limping a lot—I was in more pain than I’ve ever been in in my life. I’m a bionic woman—I had hip replacement surgery.

“So, how do I stay in shape? It’s all in your head… It’s called will, it’s called no one’s gonna stop me, and how I stay in shape is no one’s gonna stop me. And how I stay in shape is I don’t believe in limitations,” Madonna added.

In an interview with Paper in August 2022, Madonna explained the message behind her music. “If you think about all the songs, whether it’s ‘Like a Virgin’ or ‘Material Girl’ or ‘Express Yourself’ or ‘Papa Don’t Preach,’ I was very much invested in empowering women…and that was a very big part of the storytelling,” she said. “Because I think, while women were making great dance records, I feel like in the early days, while the songs and melodies are really strong and the singers are really good, they weren’t really invested in making women think, ‘Wow, I don’t have to live in a man’s world, living under the male gaze for the rest of my life. I can look at life in a different way and not settle. I can have my own voice and my own vision.’ So that was an important element.”

Madonna also told Variety in 2019 about her plans for her music at the time. “I’m just looking for interesting, fun ways to rerelease my catalog and introduce my music to a new generation. I’m focused on that and I’ve been writing a screenplay for my film for the last couple of years. The whole thing with Frozen was so fun, but I woke up one day and went, ‘I’m sick of living in the past!’ I want to go on tour again, I’m a creature of the stage. That is my happy place,” she said.

Madonna, who is also working on a biopic movie about her life and career starring Julia Garner, also told Variety why she wanted to create the film. “I have a very long script that is really hard for me to make shorter. I’ve been whittling away at it, but it’s like hacking off my limbs,” she said. “I’ve had an extraordinary life, I must make an extraordinary film. It was also a preemptive strike because a lot of people were trying to make movies about me. Mostly misogynistic men. So I put my foot in the door and said, ‘No one’s going to tell my story, but me.’”

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