Indeed, the rich and famous are also contracting the novel virus that has enveloped the world in 2020, and sadly killed over one million people globally.
From TV stars to singers, here are 23 celebrities that have had coronavirus:
1. Dave Chapelle
In January, we learned that iconic comedian, Dave Chapelle had tested positive for Coronavirus. Τhe stand-up legend was forced to cancel his upcoming shows in Texas after a series of socially distanced shows in Ohio since June.
According to The New York Times, Chappelle is asymptomatic and quarantining. His shows were soon rescheduled later in February.
2. Ellen DeGeneres
It wasn’t an easy year for Ellen DeGeneres. First the toxic work environment scandal and now this. The famous talk show host revealed in mid-December that she had tested positive for Coronavirus.
In a Twitter post, she explained to fans that although she is now “fine”, she still had to notify those who were in close contact. The Ellen DeGeneres Show has also been put on hold until January until everyone gets the all-clear.
3. Khloe Kardashian
The reality star revealed on Keeping Up With the Kardashians that she had COVID-19 back in the spring.
Although Khloe didn’t have positive test results yet, she had to stay away from her two-year old daughter which she dubbed “the hardest thing she’s [I’ve] ever had to do since being a mommy.” Thankfully, her baby daddy, Tristan Thompson stuck around to look after baby True.
Khloe is almost fully recovered from the virus, but she still occasionally gets fatigued.
4. Trey Songz
R&B singer Trey Songz told the world that he contracted COVID-19 in early October. In a video shared on Instagram, the star said that he was frequently getting tested as he had a baby boy to look after.
“I’ve taken many tests as I’ve been out protesting, food drives, of course I have a very young son at home, so I get tested periodically and this time unfortunately it came back positive.”
After saying that he would be self-quarantining, Songz encouraged his fans to take the virus seriously and not “be like the president”, referencing Trump, who has repeatedly downplayed the virus.
5. Kanye West
Kim Kardashian, wife of Kanye West told GRAZIA that her husband had the coronavirus back in February “when nobody really knew what was going on”. “It was so scary and unknown. I had my four babies and no one else in the house to help,” she disclosed.
Kanye tested positive in March and has now shared his experience of the diagnosis in an interview with Forbes: “Chills, shaking in the bed, taking hot showers, looking at videos telling me what I’m supposed to do to get over it,”
He then joked and said, “I remember someone had told me Drake had the coronavirus and my response was Drake can’t be sicker than me!” (Drake tested negative). Kanye also added that he would refuse a vaccine when it came about.
6. Neil Patrick Harris
How I Met You Mother actor, Neil Patrick Harris admitted in September that he, his husband and two children contracted the virus very early on in the pandemic.
Talking on The Today Show, Harris said, “It happened very early (in the pandemic), like late March, early April. We were doing our best before, and I thought I had the flu, and I didn’t want to be paranoid about it. And then I lost my sense of taste and smell, which was a big indicator, so we holed up.”
Thankfully, the family is doing fine now – “It was not pleasant, but we got through it and have antibodies and are feeling good,” he added.
7. Robert Pattinson
Things got pretty delayed on the set of the upcoming The Batman movie when its lead star, Robert Pattinson supposedly tested positive for COVID-19. Although it has yet to be confirmed that it is Pattinson who had the virus, Vanity Fair verified through “highly placed” sources that it is likely to be him.
In the announcement on September 3rd, Warner Bros. stated that production was pulled to a halt after “a member of The Batman production has tested positive for COVID-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused.”
The actor has yet to make a statement.
8. Jim Parsons
The Big Bang Theory star and his husband contracted COVID-19 in March, Parsons revealed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
“We didn’t know what it was. We thought we had colds. And then it seemed less likely, and then finally we lost our sense of smell and taste,″ the actor said.
Parsons described his experience of losing his taste and smell: ″It defied the descriptions for me. I didn’t realize how completely taste and smell could be gone,″ he continued. ″And when you’re in quarantine and there’s really nothing to do but eat, oh my God, that was brutal.”
9. Dwayne Johnson
In a sincere video message for his fans, Dwayne Johnson announced that he and his family had coronavirus during the summer.
The actor, along with his wife and their two daughters supposedly contracted the virus from close friends and admitted that it was “one of the most challenging and difficult things they’d [we’ve] ever had to endure as a family.”
While Johnson’s family are “no longer contagious” and are “healthy”, he continued by encouraging his fan base to wear masks and take the virus seriously, “Wear your mask. It is a fact, and it is the right thing to do. And it’s the responsible thing to do.”
10. Antonio Banderas
Hollywood icon, Antonio Banderas spent his 60th birthday in self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. On August 10th, Banderas wrote a heartfelt message to his fans on Twitter explaining that he was trying to “overcome the infectious period that he was [I am] suffering”.
In the now-translated tweet, the actor wrote, “I would like to add that I feel relatively good, just a little more tired than usual, and am confident that I will recover as soon as possible following medical instructions that I hope will allow me to overcome the infectious period that I am suffering, and that is affecting so many people around the planet. I will take advantage of this isolation to read, write, rest and continue making plans to begin to give meaning to my 60 years, to which I arrive full of enthusiasm. A big hug to everyone.”
After 21 days of isolation, Banderas updated his fans that he was “cured” and “overcame the Covid 19 infection”.
11. Kevin Hart
According to Page Six, during his set at Dave Chappelle’s An Intimate Socially Distanced Affair, comedian Kevin Hart disclosed that he had contracted the coronavirus back in March: “The problem is that I had it around the same time as Tom Hanks and I couldn’t say anything because he’s more famous than I am,” he joked.
Although nothing else has come out since Hart’s confession, we do know that his wife, Eniko was pregnant at the time, so we’re sure he kept super cautious.
12. Alyssa Milano
In August, Charmed actress, Alyssa Milano revealed that she had contracted the virus back in April. After taking two failed tests early on during her illness, she finally received a positive one after four months of symptoms.
“I had never been this kind of sick. Everything hurt. Loss of smell…I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t keep food in me…” the actress said in an Instagram post.
After saying that she’d donated her plasma to “save a life”, the 47-year old went on to encourage the public to wash their hands, wear a mask and social distance.
13. Tiffany Haddish
The comedic actress revealed to Dr. Anthony Fauci that she tested positive for the virus back in May. In fact, she said she took a test 12 times for work, one of which came back positive.
“I was working on a movie, and someone in the movie contracted coronavirus,” Haddish told Fauci, per People. “I got tested, got the results back two days later. They said I didn’t have the coronavirus.”
The actress then found out another person she knew had the virus and got tested the second time – “I’m not feeling any symptoms or anything, and it comes back like two days later, and they said I did have the coronavirus,” she said.
14. Bryan Cranston
Breaking Bad legend, Bryan Cranston shared his experience of the coronavirus in an Instagram post back in July. The actor admitted that although he was “strict in adhering to the protocols”, he still got the virus. “I was one of the lucky ones. Mild symptoms”, he said.
On his way to donate blood plasma at the hospital, Cranston urged those watching the video to “keep wearing the damn mask, keep washing your hands, and stay socially distant.”
15. Doja Cat
At first, singer Doja Cat mocked the virus, then she was tested positive. Back in March, the Say So artist wrote on Instagram: “I’m gonna get corona and then I’m gonna get a Corona, ’cause I don’t give a f**k about corona, bi**h. It’s a flu! Y’all are pu**ies.”
However, things took a turn in July when Doja Cat was ironically diagnosed with the virus.
“I got COVID. Honestly, I don’t know how this happens, but I guess I ordered something off of Postmates and I don’t know how I got it, but I got it,” she said, per Vulture. “I’m okay now. It was a four-day symptom freakout, but I’m fine now.”
16. Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson was diagnosed with coronavirus back in April, and even spent a week in hospital to recover. PEOPLE confirmed that the actor made a full recovery – “He was treated with the drug Remdesivir, while in the hospital, and has tested negative numerous times since then as well as positive for the antibodies.”
Gibson was treated at a California hospital.
When the iconic popstar took to social media to share an article about her $1.1 million donation toward the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, she also revealed that she had the virus not long ago.
“I am not currently sick. When you test positive for anti-bodies it means you HAD the virus which I clearly did as I was sick at the end of my tour in Paris over 7 weeks ago along with many other artists in my show but at the time,” she continued. “We all thought we had a very bad flu. Thank God we are all healthy and well now.”
18. Sam Smith
“I didn’t get tested, but I know I have it. I’m just going to assume that I did because everything I’ve read completely pointed to that. So yeah, I think I definitely had it.”
Sam added that their sister was also suffering from similar symptoms and so they quarantined together to protect their “older nan”. Thankfully, Sam assured fans that they’re feeling better.
Insisting that “this illness is serious and real”, singer Pink, took to Instagram to announce that she and her three-year old son, Jameson had COVID-19. The star shared a candid post explaining that they were showing symptoms and were tested positive back in April.
In her lengthy post, Pink also slammed the government for not making “testing more widely accessible” and emphasized how this virus “affects the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor”.
Being the superwoman that she is, the singer also donated $1 million to two coronavirus relief funds.
20. J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter author chose not to be tested for COVID-19 in order to hold tests for those suffering from severe symptoms, however, she did admit that she likely suffered from the virus.
In her Twitter post from April, J.K. Rowling shared a doctor’s advice on relieving respiratory symptoms, and disclosed that she had suffered all the symptoms of the virus in the “last 2 weeks”.
She later reassured fans by telling them she was “completely recovered”.
21. Idris Elba
At the end of March, Idris Elba revealed that he had caught coronavirus in a post on Twitter. “This morning I tested positive for Covid 19,” he captioned the video. The actor said he had no symptoms but remained isolated as soon as he learned about his possible exposure to the virus.
Elba also encouraged people to “be pragmatic” and practice social distancing.
Soon after his announcement, we learned that his wife Sabrina Dhowre also tested positive. Now both recovered, the Luther star said that that he now feels “humbled to be alive”.
22. Kristofer Hivju
The actor who plays Tormund on hit TV show, Game of Thrones told his Instagram followers that him and his wife had been tested positive for coronavirus. Diagnosed in mid-March, the star said he was staying in quarantine for “as long as it takes” in Norway.
Hivju revealed that although he and his family were “in good health”, he was suffering from “mild symptoms of a cold”. Following his “devastating diagnosis”, the GoT actor insisted that “Together we can fight this virus and avert a crisis at our hospitals.”
By mid-April, Hivju announced that him and his wife had fully recovered.
23. Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks was one of the first celebrities to contract COVID-19. In March, the actor announced on Instagram that he and his wife, Rita Wilson had tested positive whilst working on a film in Australia.
“We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too”, Hanks said.
After staying in hospital and the self-isolating, the couple reportedly returned to L.A. looking well and happy.
No matter who you are, it’s clear that anyone and everyone is sadly susceptible to coronavirus. That’s why it’s even more crucial that we stay safe and if necessary, stay home during these uncertain times.
Here’s to hoping no one else is added to the list!
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