More striking than the actual blow to her head, Lady Gaga continued for 16 more songs after being accidentally struck by a backup dancer during a Sunday night concert in New Zealand.
The “Born This Way” singer was diagnosed with a concussion after her gutsy performance, according to her makeup artist.
Lady Gaga was performing her popular song “Judas” when a backup dancer accidentally struck her in the head with a pole, according to reports.
Later in the show, she apologized to the audience for the mishap, and promised that the show would go on, despite the injury.
The brain injury, which most often causes headache, confusion, temporary memory loss, dizziness and loss of consciousness, can have long-lasting effects depending on severity of insult, patient health and treatment. Typically, patients suffering from concussions need to be monitored for at least 12-24 hours as they are at particular risk for becoming unconscious, which can lead to asphyxia (suffocation) from aspirated (inhaled) gastric contents (vomit) and death.
The singer is doing well according to a tweet by her make-up artist, Tara Savelo.
“Gaga has a concussion but she is going to be okay,” Savelo tweeted. “She wants u to know she loves u. I’m taking care of her.cant believe she finished the show.”
Recently, Gaga suffered another type of blow when Madonna remarked, “She’s not me,” after playing a mix of Gaga’s similar-sounding “Born This Way” with her own “Express Yourself.” Gaga took the high road when she responded to the insult earlier in the week.
Gaga refused to bash the music legend.
“It sometimes makes people feel better about themselves to put other people down or make fun of them or maybe make mockery of their work… I don’t even want to fight back because it’s more important to me to keep writing music.”
Gaga’s Born This Way Ball Tour continues this week in Australia.