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The singer admits she considered cancelling her show after the atrocities – before asking the audience to join a moment’s silence.

Madonna halted a concert in Stockholm to share her feelings about the Paris attacks as France began three days of mourning.The American star told the audience it had been “very hard” to perform on stage on Saturday night “and not forget about what happened” during the atrocities in which 129 people died.

At one point in her six-minute speech she was handed a tissue to wipe away tears.
“I need to take this moment to acknowledge the tragedy,” she said to applause.”The tragic killings, assassinations and the senseless ending of precious life that occurred last night in Paris.”
She went on: “It’s disturbed me all day.

“And it’s been really hard to get through the show, because in many ways I feel torn.
“Like, why I am up here dancing and having fun when people are crying over the loss of their loved ones?”
She said she had considered cancelling that night’s show, part of her Rebel Heart tour, “but then I thought to myself, why should I give that to them?

“There is no one in this world who should have the right to stop us from doing what we love.”
As she finished speaking, she called on the audience to have a moment’s silence – before beginning an acoustic version of her hit song Like A Prayer.

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