On Friday, April 1, as on April Fool’s Day, Miley Cyrus told her fans on Twitter that she had contracted COVID-19 from her Latin America tour. She called the infection, “worth it” and fans are unhappy at her insensitive wording considering the pandemic has wreaked havoc in many households all over the world.
Her Latin America tour proved to be a hit, as far as the fans were concerned, but it came with plenty of lows for Cyrus, including her getting a rather deadly infection. So why did she feel it was all worth it? Let’s find out.
Miley Cyrus Faced Plane Trouble
March saw Miley Cyrus perform with the Foo Fighters in Bogota Colombia. Earlier, she was also supposed to perform on the second day of Paraguay’s Asunciónico festival on March 23, but the event had to be canceled because of inclement weather. In fact, Cyrus had a rather adventurous flight as well, where her plane was actually struck by lightning, caught in the storm.
While everyone inside was fine, the plane did have to make an emergency landing, and Cyrus tweeted about it as well. She wrote: “To my fans and everyone worried after hearing about my flight to Asunción. Our plane was caught in a major unexpected storm and struck by lightning. My crew, band, friends, and family who were all traveling with me are safe after an emergency landing.”
She also shared footage shot inside the plane during the storm in the tweet.
To my fans and everyone worried after hearing about my flight to Asunción. Our plane was caught in a major unexpected storm and struck by lighting. My crew , band , friends and family who were all traveling with me are safe after an emergency landing. pic.twitter.com/NhKrospppN
— Miley Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 23, 2022
We were unfortunately unable to fly into Paraguay. 💔 I LOVE YOU. pic.twitter.com/RxjPmMNdke
— Miley Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 23, 2022
Fans sent her hundreds of replies, happy she was safe and okay, but more tragedy was right around the corner.
The Death Of Taylor Hawkins Hit Her Hard
The first person Cyrus called, after landing safely, was Foo Fighters drummer, Taylor Hawkins. Sadly, on March 25, Hawkins was found dead in his hotel room in Bogota, Colombia, hours ahead of the band’s scheduled performance alongside Cyrus at Lollapalooza Brazil. Foo Fighters announced the cancellation of their appearance and soon after, took to social media to share the news of Hawkins’ death.
Tonights show is in honor of my friend Taylor Hawkins. The most bad ass dude I know who would want me to shine and sing LOUD for the love of rock n roll! I’ve got this with a little help from my friend TH above & all of you. Let’s do it . 🦅🖤🤘🏻
— Miley Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 26, 2022
Cyrus had put in her Instagram stories that her next show would be dedicated to Hawkins and sure enough, onstage at Lolla, Cyrus tearfully remembered him.
She said, “We had to make this emergency landing, and the first person I called was Taylor because he was already at the festival. That would’ve been the time that I would’ve gotten to see my friend, and I didn’t, so it makes me really sad. I would’ve done anything to hang out with him one more time.”
Later, she went on to dedicate “Angels Like You,” a rock ballad from her Plastic Hearts album, to Hawkins, and a photo of the late drummer showed on the screen behind her.
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Miley Cyrus Feels COVID-19 Is ‘Worth It’
Miley Cyrus put her foot in her mouth when she tweeted, “Traveling around the world, playing for 100,000 people a night & meeting hundreds of fans a day, the chances of getting Covid are pretty high. I have Covid now but it was definitely worth it.”
While many of 47 million Twitter fans commiserated with her, some felt her comments were in bad taste.
Wrote one Twitter user, “No nothing is worth getting covid. If it becomes severe or gives you long-lasting issues you won’t be thinking that. And hopefully, you don’t give it to someone who dies from it.”
Another wrote, “I’m glad it’s worth it to you, but meeting hundreds of fans a day?? How many people do you think you might have infected? Are all of them going to have the same outcome as you? Will it be worth it to all of them?”
More joined in, “Can you tell my grieving sister who lost her husband of 35 years due to someone else thinking “it was worth it” and someone passed it onto him with a weak immune system, he’s dead, your flippant remark is tone-deaf. Over 1 MILLION AMERICANS are DEAD, but oh so worth it.”
While many pointed out that Cyrus did not actually mean it that way, and was imply happy that her tour went well, the negativity continued. The 29-year-old “Wrecking Ball” singer also felt bad that she had to miss a charity event because of it.
Unfortunately because of this I’m missing out on Janie’s Fund which sucks because it’s a charity that’s super important to me & my friend Steven Tyler. I am feeling fine so don’t worry about me! Sorry Steven! We’ll have to “Walk This Way” another time! 🖤🖤🖤
— Miley Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) April 1, 2022