Madonna Overcome By Live 8
Madonna struggled to keep her emotions in check when she went on stage at London’s Live 8 concert yesterday – she came face-to- face with a young African woman whose life was saved by Live Aid.
Concert organiser Bob Geldof introduced birhan Woldu, who appeared in video footage at Live Aid in 1985, before introducing Madonna. Geldof explained, “See this little girl? She had 10 minutes to live 20 years ago… She is here tonight… Don’t let them tell us it does not work.”
Caught up in the moment, Madonna hugged the girl when she ran out onto the stage in Hyde Park, and was so overcome she almost couldn’t perform. She tells MTV News, “It was one of the best hugs I’ve ever had. It was so emotional but you can’t sing and cry at the same time.”
Madonna performed, insisting the thrilled African, who is now studying at a university in Ethiopia, stay with her onstage.