Tori Kelly shares details of her health issue in July that required hospitalization.
The gospel singer, 30, spoke to Entertainment Tonight ahead of her show in New York on Monday, explaining how grateful she was to be able to perform in front of her fans after suffering from blood clots.
“It made me even more grateful and I don’t want to take a single moment for granted. Looking out into the audience and seeing all my amazing fans again kept my spirits up,” she told the outlet.
The singer said everything happens “for a reason” before diving into the details that led to her medical emergency.
Grammy-winning gospel singer TORI KELLY feels stronger after being hospitalized with blood clots
“It happened out of nowhere. I was just feeling a little tired throughout the day and my heart rate was pretty high,” Kelly said. “I was having dinner with my husband (André Murillo) and I’m so grateful he was there because I ended up collapsing and I was rushed to the hospital and they found blood clots.”
Kelly told the outlet that she had “no idea” about the blood clots and that no one in her family had any. She still doesn’t know exactly what caused them.
“On the one hand, it was scary, and then on the other hand, I felt this inexplicable sense of peace that everything would be okay,” the singer recalls. “I just felt like God had me and everything was going to be okay, but yeah, in the middle of it all, it was just kind of a confusing whirlwind.”
Two months after her health problem, Kelly is still taking medication.
“It looks like the blood clots are manageable with medication and blood thinners, that’s how I can tour and get back to my normal self,” she revealed. “But what I’ve learned so far is that it seems manageable with those.”
Kelly told the outlet that her doctors had given her clearance to return to the stage. She hasn’t performed in four years, but revealed her return to the stage helped her recovery.
“I can go on tour now. I’m back healthy and it was really scary, but I think it definitely gave me a different outlook on life and I’ve been so grateful to have survived that and being here now,” Kelly said.
She and her husband, Andre Murillo, both shared updates with their social media followers following her week-long hospital stay.
Kelly then shared a handwritten note on her Instagram account, beginning her statement with: “As you may have heard, I am facing some unexpected health issues.”
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“The last few days have been scary,” she admitted to her followers, “but I can feel your prayers and I can’t stop thinking about you.
Kelly also noted how grateful she was to the “amazing doctors and nurses who took care of me.”
Kelly was promoting her upcoming EP “tori,” out July 28, and she told fans, “Of course I’m heartbroken about everything I had planned this week for the release from my EP, but I know my health has to come first.
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“Until we see you again, I still want you to enjoy a project that represents the happy place I’ve been living for the past few years. I won’t let this obstacle stop the music from being yours on Friday!”
She added: “I love you all so much and I am truly overwhelmed by all the love and care I have received. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”
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The handwritten note was signed “Love, Tori” with a heart drawn next to it, and for her caption she wrote “Deuteronomy 31:8,” a bible verse who says: “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid ; do not be discouraged. »