Madonna shares first word she said after waking from coma in 'near-death experience'

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Madonna is looking back on her scary "near-death experience."

During a show in Los Angeles on Monday as part of her The Celebration Tour, the "Like a Virgin" singer, 65, opened up further about being hospitalized last June with a bacterial infection and being in a coma for four days.

"I'm not kidding, it was pretty scary," she told fans, according to a video of the speech shared on YouTube. "Obviously, I didn't know for four days because I was in an induced coma. But when I woke up, the first word I said was, 'No.' Anyway, that's what my assistant tells me."

Madonna performs during the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show on Feb. 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Madonna performs during the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show on Feb. 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Madonna explained she felt like God was asking if she wanted to "come with me," prompting her reply, "No!" During her recovery, the singer recalled she had no energy and "literally couldn't walk from my bed to the toilet."

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The health scare forced Madonna to postpone the start of her tour, which had been scheduled to kick off in Vancouver on July 15. But in late June, her manager, Guy Oseary, shared that the singer had "developed a serious bacterial infection, which led to a several-day stay in the ICU."

"Her health is improving, however she is still under medical care," Oseary added at the time. "A full recovery is expected. At this time we will need to pause all commitments, which includes the tour."

By July, Madonna shared on Instagram that she was "on the road to recovery and incredibly grateful for all my blessings in life," adding, "My first thought when I woke up in the hospital was my children. My second thought was that I did not want to disappoint anyone who bought tickets for my tour."

During her speech on Monday, Madonna said she was unsure when she would be herself again or have her energy back during her recovery.

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"It was strange to finally not feel like I was in control, and that was my lesson, to let go," she said before thanking "everyone who is here who took care of me."

She also remembered her manager asking her when she might want to go back on tour, to which she "took the oxygen out of my nose" and told him, "In two (expletive) months!" The Celebration Tour ended up commencing on Oct. 14.

During a previous show in December, Madonna shared that "it's a miracle that I'm alive," noting, "I didn't think I was gonna make it this summer, but … here I am."

But the singer is accustomed to picking herself back up, sometimes literally. In February, TikTok videos showed Madonna falling during a concert in Seattle after a mishap with a dancer, only to laugh it off and continue with the rest of the number.

Contributing: Melissa Ruggieri, Naledi Ushe

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Madonna shares first word she said after coma, 'near-death experience'