Madonna, 64, ‘ignored signs of illness’ to continue world tour rehearsals – before bacterial infection sent her to intensive care

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Madonna has reportedly “ignored” the signs of malaise to continue rehearsals for her long-awaited Celebration tour.

The singer, 64, is currently recovering from a shock bacterial infection that sent her to intensive care late last month.

The Vogue hitmaker in particular was found unconscious in her apartment on Saturday, June 24 and was promptly “rushed to hospital and intubated” due to her “non-response” at the time.

Now insiders have shed some light on Madonna’s relentless work ethic despite feeling under the weather.

“He ignored some symptoms of the disease for quite a while because he thought they would go away. But he didn’t want to take time away from rehearsals,” explained a music expert People.

'She thought they were leaving': Madonna reportedly 'ignored' signs of illness during rehearsals for her long-awaited Celebration tour

‘She thought they were leaving’: Madonna reportedly ‘ignored’ signs of illness during rehearsals for her long-awaited Celebration tour

‘He was run down and wasn’t feeling 100% for a while in anticipation of his tour. She is relentless in her pursuit to be her best, to amaze her fans, and to do what others before her have not done.”

Another source reiterated that Madonna herself had worked too hard.

‘Madonna has been very busy for a long time and not taking care of herself. She keeps pushing the envelope,” they said.

DailyMail.com reached out to Madonna’s reps for comment.

According to New York PostMadonna – who was due to kick off her 84-date Celebration Tour in Vancouver, Canada on July 15 – was “discovered on Saturday,” when she was “taken to the ICU” and “intubated overnight.”

At the time, a relative of the singer told DailyMail.com that her family was “preparing for the worst” due to the severity of the illness.

The pop star’s health scare was shared with the world by Guy Oseary, who revealed on Instagram that Madonna was forced to postpone her much-anticipated 40th anniversary tour due to her medical issues.

Oseary insisted in her post that the singer and mother of six “is expected to make a full recovery” and that her “health is improving,” but added that she is “still under medical care.”

“On Saturday June 24, Madonna developed a serious bacterial infection which led to several days in intensive care,” he wrote Wednesday afternoon. ‘Her health is improving, but she is still under medical care. She expects a full recovery.’

The music manager later revealed that the singer is forced to postpone the start of her tour, which she has been rehearsing for for months – and which was due to start in a few weeks – writing: ‘Right now we have to pause all commitments, including the tour.’

The singer, 64, is currently recovering from a shock bacterial infection that sent her to intensive care late last month;  pictured 2016

The singer, 64, is currently recovering from a shock bacterial infection that sent her to intensive care late last month; pictured 2016

He didn’t reveal when Madonna might be well enough to begin the international tour, simply promising fans that he’ll “share more details as soon as we have them, including a new start date for the tour and rescheduled shows.”

Speaking to DailyMail.com, a source confirmed the pop star is now “out of the intensive care unit and recovering”.

According to sources close to the singer, she worked around the clock to make sure her tour was nothing but perfect, with one revealing that she rehearsed six days a week, while another told DailyMail.com in April that it was ‘Driving everyone crazy with his perfectionism.’

And on Saturday, it was revealed that Madonna will drastically cut back on her seven-month world tour following her health scare. The star was scheduled to play more cities starting July 15, but plans have been redrawn.

Madonna was due to begin a grueling concert schedule in Canada in two weeks. Now sources have told The Mail on Sunday that plans are being considered to reduce the number of concerts from 84 if her 40th anniversary celebration tour goes ahead.

An insider said, “In the cold light of day, considering what Madonna has just been through, and considering she’s 64, did it really make sense to book so many tour dates in the first place?”

Music icon: Material Girl singer-songwriter pictured circa 1990

Music icon: Material Girl singer-songwriter pictured circa 1990

‘This program would be exhausting even for the youngest and fittest of artists. More than 70 concerts around the world are extreme. Madonna and her team will need to consider reducing the schedule.’

A tour manager added that it would be a “logistical nightmare” to reschedule the tour in terms of finding available venues.

Guy Oseary, Madonna’s manager, said the singer, who was released from hospital on Thursday after receiving the all-clear, had been forced to “suspend all engagements”, including touring.

Sources close to the singer say she was left exhausted by the infection and that her 12-hour tour rehearsal may have contributed to her illness.

It has been claimed that Madonna, who had reportedly been in the recording studio with Katy Perry hours before she fell ill, was seen feeling tired in the days before she was admitted to hospital.

Scaling?  Sources told The Mail on Sunday that consideration is being given to reducing the number of concerts from 84 if his 40th anniversary celebration tour goes ahead;  pictured 2016

Scaling? Sources told The Mail on Sunday that consideration is being given to reducing the number of concerts from 84 if his 40th anniversary celebration tour goes ahead; pictured 2016

On Thursday, the same day the singer was confirmed to be released from the hospital to continue her recovery at her New York home, sources provided an update to tmz extension about his health and hinted that he may not be in good health in time to start his tour.

Sources told the tabloid that the Material Girl singer has been “vomiting uncontrollably since being discharged” and that “the infection is still wreaking havoc in her body.”

The outlet was also informed just two days ago that Madonna “is still too sick to even get out of bed.”

Sources also told TMZ that when she was rushed to the hospital to have the bacterial infection treated, she was “metaphorically kicking and screaming” against being taken there. Prior to her hospitalization, the star had reportedly “dealt with a fever” for a month and hid it “from everyone.”

Insiders expressed to the publication that Madonna was “afraid” that being sick would “jeopardize the tour” but not treating the infection would “make things worse”.

Last post: In the post caption, he had strangely written

Last post: In the caption of the post, he had strangely written, ‘The calm before the storm……….’

According to cleveland clinic, a bacterial infection is a “disease or condition caused by bacterial growth or poisons” and some common bacterial diseases “include urinary tract infections, food poisoning, sexually transmitted diseases, and some skin, sinus, and ear infections,” but it can be treated simply with antibiotics.

However, if left untreated, “any bacterial infection that gets deep into your body, such as in your blood, heart, lungs, or brain, can be life-threatening.”

Just days before she was found unconscious in her apartment, Madonna had uploaded a series of photos to Instagram capturing special moments as she prepared for her 40th anniversary tour.

In the caption of the post, he had bizarrely written, ‘The calm before the storm……….’

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