MADONNA has opened up for the first time in detail about how close she came to death during her intensive care stay in June.
The Queen of Pop suffered from lung and kidney failure, and doctors fitted her with a breathing cannula to keep her alive.
Speaking on stage at the Accor Arena in Paris, the emotional singer said: “I was in hospital. I was in the intensive care unit. My lungs weren’t working, I couldn’t breathe on my own.”
“My kidneys were failing. I was infected with some bacteria that no one knows about. And the mortality rate is 40%.”
“When I woke up I saw all my children around me and thought this would save me. My children would save me. I didn’t save her.”
Madonna went on to recount how her longtime manager Guy Oseary sobbed next to her as she struggled to even get out of bed and go to the bathroom.
The pop icon added: “My manager came to me and was crying next to me. I came home from the hospital two weeks later and no one knew when I would get better.”
“He was like, ‘Do you want to go on tour again? Do you want your tour to happen?’.”
“I was breathing oxygen through a cannula through my nose, I could barely get out of bed and go to the toilet and I said, ‘Give me two weeks to think about it’.”
“You know, I consider myself a Wonder Woman. I believe I can overcome anything, anything, but this time I was able to muster the will.”
“I didn’t have the strength. I had no energy, it was taken away from me.”
“So the two weeks went by and I still had hardly any energy. I could drink espresso, four Red Bulls. Nothing woke me up. I had no life force.”
Madonna, a mother of six, says she has been inspired to keep fighting by her children – citing her plans to travel with her family and include them in her show as motivation.
Her 11-year-old daughter Estere appears as a dancer in the production, as does her twin sister Stella.
The singer’s 18-year-old son David plays guitar during her rendition of “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Mother and Father.”
In this section, Madonna also pays tribute to David’s biological mother.
“I had this one thought in my head. If I don’t do this, this moment will never happen again and I will never be able to do this with my children,” Madonna continued on stage in the French capital.
“So once again my children saved me. They kept me going and I recovered quicker than most people.”
“Thank you, Paris, for listening to me. Are you having a good time?”
The Holiday hitmaker hinted that she might follow in Britney Spears’ footsteps and release her own memoir, adding: “Just pages from my book. I left out many pages. I can’t tell you every story. Come back.” Part two.”
It’s been a remarkable return to form for the Like a Prayer singer as he will return to the UK next month to play two sell-out dates at London’s O2 Arena after playing four nights there in October.