Fast and Furious actor Idris Elba on 17 March revealed he had tested positive for coronavirus. The actor tweeted he has no symptoms so far, and has been isolated since he learnt about the possible exposure. He has refuted the stupid claims that he is being paid to lie about his coronavirus diagnosis, calling it a “bullsh*t” theory. Also Read - Mumbai Local Train Latest Updates: Maharashtra Govt May Restrict Commoners From Boarding Local Trains, Say Reports
Elba took to his Instagram Live on Wednesday to dismiss the theories without taking Cardi B’s name. He shut down the rumours and conspiracy theory claiming that celebrities have been paid to say that they have been infected by the virus. “I think the debate about rich and poor and who’s getting it and who’s not, I think, is not a healthy debate. It’s like, I got a test but I also got COVID. Does that make me preferential? I don’t understand that” Elba told his followers. Also Read - Aamrapali Dubey Tests Positive For COVID-19, Nirahua, Monalisa, And Others Wish Her Speedy Recovery
“It shouldn’t be about whether rich or poor gets it. I think that the negativity around test-shaming is counterproductive. I don’t see what people get out of that. And also this idea that someone like myself is gonna be paid to say I’ve got coronavirus, that’s absolute bullsh*t. Such stupidness,” he added. Also Read - Lockdown in Delhi Only If Health System Collapses, Says CM Kejriwal; Terms 4th COVID Wave 'Extremely Dangerous' | Key Points
Idris’ wife Sabrina Elba also confirmed that she has been tested positive for the coronavirus. The actor continued: “People wanna spread that as if it’s news. That’s stupid. It’s the quickest way to get people sick because there’s no benefit to me and Sabrina sitting here saying we’ve got it or we ain’t got it. I don’t even understand the logic of that. I’m just a human being and I just happen to be in the public eye. So I want people to understand that this is very real. I don’t feel like I’m privileged because I got a test because I actually contracted it.”
The star can’t wait to return home to London though as they quarantine near to where he was filming upcoming Netflix film The Harder They Fall in Sante Fe, New Mexico.
Earlier this month, rapper Cardi B shared a conspiracy theory. She said that celebrities who have said that they tested positive for COVID-19 are all paid.
(With agency inputs)