August 28th, 2012
12:58 PM ET
Australian fans have been left out of Madonna's MDNA tour, but the pop star said in a video posted on her website that she had to put her kids first.
"I just want to say to all of my Australian fans that I am really and truly sorry to have disappointed you, and that's something that I don't feel very good about," Madonna said. "I know the last time I was on tour I missed Australia as well, and I can promise you in my heart of hearts that it was my intention to come again, but, like the last time, my children are my first priority."
Madge has to fill two roles, that of a singer/entertainer and that of a mom of four.
As her kids get older, particularly teen daughter Lourdes, "I can't take them on the road with me everywhere, I have to spend more time away from them, and at the end of the year I really feel that I would be an irresponsible parent if I didn't stop my tour and spend time with them," Madonna continued. "My daughter's going to be leaving home soon, she's almost 16 years old, and it was a really hard decision for me to make. I feel really bad, because I don't take your support and your love for me for granted, I never do. That goes for my fans anywhere in the world."
Billboard reported in July that Madonna was skipping over Australia once again, although back in February fans had begun to look forward to what would've been the pop star's first performance there in 20 years. Madonna since explained on her website that she "did everything" to try to avoid the scheduling disappointment.
"I know a lot of you are angry with me, upset with me, disappointed... I did everything I could, I thought long and hard about it, and I thought the best thing to do would be to end my seven months on the road at the end of the year ... so that I could spend time with my children," she said, closing with a promise to put on the "greatest show on earth" when she does make it Down Under.
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