Tori Kelly Opens Up for First Time About Medical Scare That Almost Took Her Life

by Xara Aziz
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Tori Kelly is thankful to be alive.

In a recent interview on Entertainment Tonight, the I Say A Little Prayer crooner shared that she suffered from blood clots, which caused her to be rushed to the hospital.

Speaking to the news outlet ahead of her concert at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City while on her Take Control Tour in North America in support of her new EP, Tori, the 30-year-old California native said that it was her fans that kept her spirits high.

“That just made me even more grateful and not want to take a single moment for granted,” Tori said. “Looking out in the audience and seeing all my amazing fans again has been keeping my spirits high, adding that “in everything happening for a reason.”

It was in July when she found out about the blood clots that left her hospitalized for a week.

“It happened out of nowhere. I was feeling just a little tired throughout the day, and my heart rate was kind of high,” she recalled. “I was at dinner with my husband [André Murillo] and so thankful he was there because I ended up collapsing and was rushed to the hospital and they found blood clots.”

She continued that she had “no idea” she had blood clots and there was no history of them in her family. Up until today, she and her doctors are still unable to determine what caused the clots.

“On one end, it was scary, and then on another end, I did feel this sense of unexplainable peace that it was gonna be OK,” she said. “I just felt like God had me and it was gonna be OK, but yeah, definitely in the midst of that it was just kind of a confusing whirlwind.”

Thankfully, she said her condition is stable with the help of medication.

“It seems like blood clots are manageable with medication and blood thinner, so that’s how I’m able to tour and kind of get back to my normal self,” she explained. “But that’s what I’ve learned so far is that it seems to be manageable with those.”

Since the scare, Tori has been cleared to return to the stage, which she says has significantly aided in her recovery.

“I’m able to tour now. I’m back healthy and so it was definitely scary, but I think it’s definitely given me a different outlook on life and just being so grateful that I made it through that and am here now.”

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