Iggy Azalea has spoken out on her backup dancer's seizure and why she chose to continue performing
Fans of Iggy Azalea were left stunned Thursday night when one of her backup dancers suffered a seizure on stage during her concert.
While performing her song “Black Widow” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one of her three backup dancers suddenly collapsed.
Though Azalea, 28, called a medic, fans were shocked when she continued on with the show. A number of fans recorded the incident as many questioned why the star chose to finish out the concert.
Shortly after the moment went viral, Azalea gave an update on the dancer’s condition and defended her decision to continue performing.
“Hey guys, just want to let everyone asking know my dancer is OKAY!” Azalea wrote on her Instagram Stories.
“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.”
The rapper also encouraged her fans to not turn the incident into a joke. “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,” she said.
The incident comes over a month after Azalea was involved in an altercation with 15-year-old rapper Bhad Bhabie, whom she has been feuding with for some time.
According to Azalea, Bhabie (whose real name is Danielle Peskowitz Bregoli), known for her viral appearance on Dr. Phil and her “Cash Me Outside” catchphrase — threw a drink on Azalea at the party, soaking half of her blonde locks.
The alleged incident took place days after Bhabie clapped back at Azalea, who had seemingly thrown shade about the teen’s upcoming tour on Instagram by questioning if a friend was attending Bhabie’s concert.
“U should come. Would be a good memory for u of what a sold out show looks like,” Bhabie wrote, in a comment captured by The Shade Room — poking at Azalea’s recently canceled 21-city tour.
Reps for Azalea and Bhabie did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment, but both were very vocal about their feelings on social media.
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“Don’t talk s— on the Internet Iggy. U a bitch just mad a 15 year old outsold ur ass. NEXT,” Bhabie wrote on her Instagram story. “Glad u left wit a bag cuz u certainly ain’t making no money from music anymore.”
For her part, Azalea seemed to laugh off the drink throw. “Am I just going to have a half and half wig for the rest of the night?” Azalea said in a video on her Instagram story. “What kind of Jerry Springer, ‘Who’s Baby Is This?’ Dr. Phil s— is this? Oh my God, I am a grown up!”