Madonna took to social media on Sunday to credit her loved ones for helping her heal after a serious medical emergency last month.
“Love from family and friends is the best medicine,” the Queen of Pop wrote in an emotional Instagram caption alongside photos of her with two of her six children – David Banda, her 17-year-old son, and Lourdes Leon, her 26-year-old daughter.
A month after being released from hospital for a bacterial infection that forced her to postpone the first leg of her upcoming Celebration Tour, the singer announced it was time to “reflect”.
“As a mother, you can really get caught up in your children’s needs and the seemingly endless giving….” she wrote. “But when the chips were down, my kids really came out to me. I saw a side of them I’d never seen before. It made all the difference.”
In addition to Lourdes and David, Madonna’s other children are Rocco Ritchie, 22; Mercy James, 17; and twins Stella and Estere Ciccone, 10. She shares Lourdes with ex-partner Carlos Leon and Rocco with ex-husband Guy Ritchie, while David, Mercy, Stella and Estere were all adopted from Malawi.
That Vogue The singer also thanked her friends for their “love and support,” and called out her manager, Guy Oseary, who she said recently gave her a photo of Keith Haring taken by Andy Warhol. Between shots of her with David and Lourdes, Madonna included a shot of herself holding up the Haring portrait. In it, Haring can be seen from behind wearing a jacket emblazoned with Michael Jackson’s face.
Madonna called the recording “a perfect triangle of brilliance”, adding: “I sobbed when I opened this gift because I realized how lucky I am to be alive. And how lucky I am to have known these people and so many others who are also gone.”
Earlier in July, Madonna assured her fans that she would be “back with you as soon as I can.” The North American leg of the seven-month Celebration Tour, originally scheduled to start July 15, will be rescheduled, she said. The European leg of the tour is still set to begin in October.
The tour, Madonna’s 12th, is meant to celebrate her legendary four-decade career. The singer-songwriter performed at the 40th anniversary of her self-titled debut album earlier this week, posting a video on Instagram of herself dancing to 1983 hit single ‘Lucky Star’.
“Being able to move my body and dance a little bit makes me feel like the luckiest star in the world!” wrote the 64-year-old. “Thank you to all my fans and friends! You must be my lucky stars too!”