“Tonight’s show was difficult,” Madonna wrote on Facebook following her Rebel Heart tour stop in Stockholm on Saturday. “But there was so much love in this arena it made me feel like we were turning darkness into light.”
The singer gave an emotional speech on stage in light of Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, followed by an acoustic performance of “Like a Prayer.”
“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,” she said in part. “It’s disturbed me all day, and it’s been really hard, actually, to get through the show because in many ways 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 continued, “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. We will never let them. because there is power in unity and I do believe that as much chaos and pain and senseless violence and terrorism that occurs around this world, not just in Paris, as much as that does occur there is still goodness in this world. We are here to prove it.”
Following her speech, Madonna asked for a moment of silence to pay tribute to the victims and their families. “Here’s what I know how to do and I hope that you will join me and that we will all sing this prayer together,” said the tear-stained singer before performing “Like a Prayer.”
Watch both her speech and performance below.