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Iggy Azalea defends finishing concert after backing dancer collapses on stage

The dancer suffered a seizure due to “light and heat”, Azalea said.

Iggy Azalea has defended finishing a concert after a backing dancer suffered a seizure mid-song (PA/PA Wire)
Iggy Azalea has defended finishing a concert after a backing dancer suffered a seizure mid-song (PA/PA Wire)

Iggy Azalea has defended finishing a concert after a backing dancer suffered a seizure mid-song.

The Australian rapper and pop star, best known for her 2014 hit Fancy, was performing in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday when a dancer collapsed on stage.

Azalea, 28, continued to perform, apparently unaware of the severity of the dancer’s condition. Azalea went on to finish the concert at the Maracana Stadium.

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Iggy Azalea has spoken out after a backing dancer fell ill (Ben Birchall/PA)

She has now defended her decision to do so, writing on her Instagram story to give an update on the performer’s condition.

Azalea wrote: “Just want to let everyone asking know my dancer is OKAY! The light & heat caused her to have a seizure. She is backstage feeling much better.”

The rapper then revealed she thought the dancer had “fallen/twisted her ankle” and that is why she kept singing.

She conceded it “may sound harsh” but you “keep singing until the music stops & ask for a medic which is what I did”.

Azalea added: “We are all really shaken up by what happened & just thankful she is okay.”

Azalea then urged her fans not to share pictures of the stricken dancer.

She wrote: “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.”

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