Madonna Speaks Out On Paris Attacks During Stockholm Concert: Watch

Christina Lee | November 15, 2015 9:19 am
Bieber's Prayer
Justin Bieber led a prayer for victims in Japan and Paris during a 'Purpose' concert.

Madonna teared up as she addressed the November 13 attacks in Paris during her concert the following night at Stockholm’s Tele2 Arena.

The entertainer confessed that initially, she thought to cancel her tour plans that weekend like U2, Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Motorhead. “Like, why am I up here dancing and having fun when people are crying over the loss of their loved ones?” she said. “However, that is exactly what these people want us to do. They want to shut us up. They want to silence us. And we won’t let them.”

Madonna was talking about the gunmen and suicide bombers — “people who have no respect for human life” — who killed at least 129 people at an Eagles of Death Metal concert, a soccer match and four restaurants total. Her voice was shaky when she listed what they had done. But to close her speech, before she led a moment of silence, wiped her tears and did a moving performance of “Like a Prayer,” Madonna stressed that seeking revenge would be counterproductive and damaging.

“It’s very hard to love unconditionally, and it’s very hard to love that which we do not understand and that is different than what we are,” she said,  “But we have to. Or this will go on and on, forever.” Watch below.

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