Iggy Azalea has taken to social media to address her controversial performance in Brazil on Thursday night.
As People reports, the 28-year-old Australian musician was performing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Thursday evening when one of her backup dancers collapsed, suffering from a seizure.
Footage from the performance shows Iggy Azalea playing through her song ‘Black Widow’ when the incident occurred. However, what has surprised most onlookers is Azalea’s decision to continue singing despite the dancer appearing to be in obvious need of medical assistance.
One of Iggy Azalea’s backup dancers passed out during her performance of 'Black Widow' in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. pic.twitter.com/R8rEZFBkO8
— Azalean Source (@Azalean_Source) December 27, 2018
Taking to Instagram soon after the incident, Iggy Azalea explained that the dancer indeed received medical attention, and is now on the mend.
“Hey guys, just want to let everyone asking know my dancer is OKAY!” Azalea explained. “The lights & heat caused her to have a seizure. She is backstage feeling much better.”
“I thought she had just fallen/twisted her ankle,” she continued. “And it may sound harsh but; you keep singing until music stops & ask for a medic which is what I did. We are all really shaken up by what happened & just thankful she is okay.”
“I know it’s easy to make memes of someone ‘passed out’ but someone having a seizure isn’t funny, it’s really scary! So I hope my fans do not repost some of the memes I’m seeing about my dancer.”
After the footage of the incident went viral, Iggy Azalea again took to Instagram to share a response to fans who had relentlessly shamed her for choosing to continue performing.
“Sometimes I really feel exhausted by the world,” Azalea began. “It feels like ANY thing I do becomes an opportunity for people to tell me why I’m shit, why my music sucks, my clothes are ugly, why I don’t matter or why I’m a horrible person.”