Stay up to date with notifications from The Independent

Notifications can be managed in browser preferences.

Madonna world tour postponed after pop star admitted to intensive care

Singer’s infection led to a several-day ICU stay, according to her tour manager

Inga Parkel
Thursday 29 June 2023 04:18 BST
Madonna turns 55

Madonna has postponed her forthcoming Celebration tour due to a bacterial infection.

On Wednesday (28 June), the singer’s tour manager Guy Oseary announced that Madonna had developed a “serious” bacterial infection over the weekend, which led to a “several-day stay in the ICU [Intensive Care Unit]”.

“Her health is improving, however she is still under medical care,” Oseary wrote on Instagram, adding: “A full recovery is expected.”

He continued: “At this time we will need to pause all commitments, which includes the tour. We will share more details with you as soon as we have them, including a new start date for the tour and for rescheduled shows.”

Madonna was reportedly found unresponsive and rushed to a nearby New York City hospital, according to Page Six. She is said to have been intubated at least one night during her stay.

The “Like A Virgin” singer was scheduled to kick off her 45-city tour on 15 July in Vancouver, followed by stops across North America and Europe.

Madonna is still under medical care, her tour manager said (Getty)

The Celebration tour, which is set to run for 84 shows, comes two years after she last toured in 2019 in support of her 14th studio album, Madame X.

In January, Madonna announced the tour, telling fans on Instagram to “come join the party”.

She also promised to “explore as many songs as possible in hopes to give my fans the show they have been waiting for”.

The Celebration tour marks Madonna’s 12th concert tour and is set to feature songs from every era of her career.

Madonna’s tour halted production on a planned biopic of her life, which Ozark’s Julia Garner is attached to star in.

While it was claimed that the project was no longer in development due to Madonna’s touring commitments, the Queen of Pop shared a promising update in May when she posted photos alongside Garner on Instagram.

Garner fought off stiff competition from Hollywood stars including Florence Pugh, Alexa Demie and Sydney Sweeney to be cast as Madonna.

Auditions for the biopic took place in February 2022, with potential actors reportedly taking part in a gruelling “bootcamp” overseen by Madonna herself.

The musician and actor has previously spoken about creating the script for the film, calling it “the most draining, challenging experience I’ve ever had”.

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in