September 6, 2023
Madonna Is 'Feeling Strong' and Back at Rehearsals for World Tour
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The Queen of Pop is ready to reign again.
After being hospitalized in late June for a "serious bacterial infection," Madonna is back at work and gearing up for the launch of her Celebration Tour, a source tells PEOPLE exclusively.
"She returned to rehearsals last Monday. She's so happy to be back onstage and is feeling strong. She's working closely with her longtime collaborators, Jamie King and Stuart Price, to put the final touches on the show," says the source, adding that the run of shows is the icon's "most ambitious tour ever."
Late last month Madonna shared photos from a vacation to Lisbon, where she spent some downtime with loved ones before heading back for rehearsals.
"She enjoyed her birthday in Lisbon with all her kids and close friends. Now she's back in work mode and focused on the tour," says the source. "This is where she thrives. She loves being back in a creative environment."
The superstar will head across the pond next month to kick off her tour with four sold-out shows at the O2 Arena in London, followed by stops in Copenhagen, Barcelona, Paris, Milan and more.
Wrapping up 2023, Madonna will launch the North American leg of her tour with three shows at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and two concerts in Washington before returning to the stage in 2024.