Idris Elba was among the first celebrities to have contacted the virus. The actor was open about his positive test, noting that he was asymptomatic and that he is expected to make a full recovery. Because of their quarantine situation, his wife Sabrina also tested positive.
Cardi B is among the people who vocalized her opinion on the conspiracy theory floating around that celebrities — including Idris Elba, Tom Hanks, and others — are being paid to say they have coronavirus.
“This idea that someone like myself is gonna be paid to say ‘I’ve got coronavirus,’ that’s like absolute bullshit,” said the actor in a recent Instagram Live session. “Such stupidness and people wanna spread that as if it’s like news. That’s stupid… That’s the quickest way to get people sick.”
In the same video, he spoke about “test-shaming,” crossing his fingers that a global test would become available for people of all backgrounds… not just the rich.
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TSR STAFF: Christina C! @cdelafresh ___ There are a lot of theories about the coronavirus circulating on the Internet and social media right now but #IdrisElba had to hop on IG Live to address one that he felt was directed at him. ___ Following he and his wife Sabrina Elba’s positive diagnoses for the coronavirus, Idris decided to fire back at claims that celebrities are being paid to lie about having the virus. ___ “This idea that someone like myself is gonna be paid to say ‘I’ve got coronavirus,’ that’s like absolute bulls**t,” Idris said. “Such stupidness and people wanna spread that as if it’s like news. That’s stupid…That’s the quickest way to get people sick.” ___ Idris also took the time to address what he called “test shaming,” saying he believed that all people should-click the link in our bio to read more.