Madonna to Australia: Sorry, but kids come first
August 28th, 2012
12:58 PM ET

Madonna to Australia: Sorry, but kids come first

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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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Analystgirl

    Take all four kids and go to Australia! The country would love it and the kids would love it!

    September 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Randy Travis

    Kids? what the heck? I thought Kids were baby goats??? Pfft...I am out of here...i am going back to laying nekked in a parking lot while sipping some johnny walker from a sippy cup...peace out hillbillies!

    August 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • pockets

      Its time the old lady retired....she is so long in the tooth now.

      September 7, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. bay-tonight

    is good-

    August 29, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Right FFBay?


    August 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BadPlay

    this Madonna is always first

    August 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jujubeans

    I thought Madonna always insisted on coming first!

    August 29, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. sh

    Girl cant finish ANYTHING. Did we get bored Madgie-Pie? NOW she is concerned about the kids. Oh was Sir Elton really right? Austrailia not controversial enough for Ms. Issues. You do know there are gays there too, Madge.

    August 29, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. patNY

    Seeing Madonna at Yankees Stadium on 9/6! Can't wait! Saw her Who's That Girl and Blonde Ambitions tours.

    August 29, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jcraw

    M looks old – she is not aging well. I was her fan once – a long time ago, now I cannot relate to her.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. bkstbr

    i like her

    August 29, 2012 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  11. bdmve

    she'll be fine.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. frank the tank

    Yea hard decision...choosing between your fans and your children. Its so very hard!

    August 28, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Don harvil

    Spend time with your kids while you can

    August 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dino

    The fans of Austraila have been spared of an overhyped,overpriced,self-important lip syncing has been.

    August 28, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. forkfkup

    she still has x on the brain all the time..good for her.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Madonna

    i dont think she was that bad.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |

    I wonder what her kids are going to think when they find out about all the men she has slept with? Like Dennis Rodman. Jose Canseco. Charles Barkley and God knows who else? She needs to sit her old azz down and leave the world tours to younger, more comtemporary artists.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leo

      I think people can decide what concerts they choose to attend and as long as someone is filling stadiums they certainly should be performing if they chose to... whatever you think is entirely irrelevant.

      August 28, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Madonna

    what did she do to her face. ugh

    August 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  19. i went to italy and france this year...

    you have to go before australia

    August 28, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |

    August 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Melissa


    August 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  22. melissa


    August 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |

    KUDOS to her for making her mind up and focusing on her family. As to the LAME people who post responses on here saying "what fans, etc".. DID YOU LOOK AT THE $ the tour has made?! SOLD OUT WORLDWIDE. Get over your jealousy over her..she is a legend and is here to stay. WE LOVE YOU MADONNA!!!!!

    August 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  24. australia

    is great i was there 2 years ago... you should definately go ... its very far.

    August 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  25. i am of of importance to everyone "proper villain"

    and always will be because i have the personality and the following so shut up.

    August 28, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  26. shouse

    if it were me ...when i start the tour agian the first stop i would take is australia to give the fans a chance to see me perform....jus saying

    August 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  27. i'll be up alllll night with HM

    i can assure i will have the name by 5am tomorrow morning..nobody will know and i am not a beast. so bow your heads
    and pray.

    August 28, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Peter Caliazzo

    Michael you are a great son and i agree that Maddonna is our hero.

    August 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Michael Caliazzo

    We need to let her know she is our hero.

    August 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Propervillain

    Madonna still has fans? The self importance that she exudes is just wretched. Nobody cares that much anymore Madge. Move on....

    August 28, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • deutsche001

      You cared enough to comment; or is your life so lousy that this is all you do?

      August 29, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  31. ugh

    First of all, what Australian fans? Second, does this selfish waste-of-oxygen even remember that she ACTUALLY has kids or is this just her excuse for the fact that she has FINALLY realized that people only go to the shows because they are hoping she drops dead in the middle of one of those crappy songs?

    August 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • alexandra

      ha ha you said it best I love it
      I am going to skip the concerts, say a prayer, in fact she has been n my prayer list of people I hope to drop off and somehow be gone for good
      Like I would love it if I never see her name making the news, could she sort of vanish? that be great
      my prayer is the platform gets pulled from underneath ger

      August 29, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  32. Madonna


    August 28, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  33. not doing anything not going to hurt anyone

    but i will have the name. in life we must be leaders not followers and not be weak to doing terrible things to others.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  34. God Bless whoever did this to me.


    August 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Louie

    She had better hurry up...she's not getting any younger.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Jack

    Hello. Everyone is cordially invited to visit –

    August 28, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |

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