Madonna could not hold back her tears at her concert in Stockholm, Sweden as she stopped the show to pay tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks and their families.
At least 129 people were killed and more than 350 were wounded in ISIS terrorist shootings and suicide bombings in the French capital on Friday. The 57-year-old Queen of Pop stopped her concert after performing 13 songs and spoke for several minutes about the tragedies and delivered a powerful message about tolerance.
"Actually I don't need my guitar for this 'cause it's been very hard for me to get through this show up to this point and not forget about what happened last night, so I need to take this moment to acknowledge the tragedy, the tragic killings, assassinations and the senseless endings of precious life that occurred last night in Paris," Madonna said, as seen in a YouTube video posted on Saturday by her manager, Guy Oseary.
"It's been really hard, actually to get through the show because in many ways, I feel, I feel torn. Like, why am I up here dancing and having fun when people are crying over the loss of their loved ones," she said, tearfully. "However, that is exactly what these people want to do. They want to shut us up. They want to silence us. And we won't let them."
She was met with cheers across the packed Tele 2 Arena.