Paris Terror Attacks: Madonna breaks down on stage and asks for silence to remember Paris victims
Published 15/11/2015 | 16:40
Pop superstar Madonna broke down in tears as she asked her fans to join her in a moment’s silence for the victims of Friday’s Paris attacks during a performance in Stockholm.
The singer (57) stopped her show to pay an emotional tribute to the 129 people who have so far lost their lives in the worst terrorist attack in French history.
Asking her audience to remember the dead, as well as the countless more injured, the star said to loud applause: "The tragic killings, assassinations and the senseless ending of precious life that occurred last night in Paris… I need to take a moment to acknowledge this tragedy.”
She added: "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?"
Wiping away tears, the singer admitted she had considered cancelling the show but said: “That is exactly what these people want to do, they want to shut us up, they want to silence us.
“But we won't let them.
"There is no one in this world who should have the right to stop us doing what we love."
As she finished speaking, Madonna called on the audience to have a moment’s silence - before beginning an acoustic version of her hit song Like A Prayer.
Elsewhere, other performers have been paying tribute to the 129 victims of the Paris attacks.
Earlier today, all four members of U2 left flowers at the scene of the Bataclan attacks, while the Foo Fighters announced they had cancelled their tour out of respect for the victims.
Writing on Facebook, lead singer Dave Grohl said: "It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour.
"In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can't continue right now.
"There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one."