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Madonna clears the air over her coronavirus diagnosis, claims she had COVID-19 during her Madame X tour

Patrick Kelleher May 7, 2020
Madonna performs onstage during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for dcp)

Madonna performs onstage during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. (Kevin Mazur/Getty)

Madonna has said she had coronavirus during the Paris stint of her Madame X tour in March, but insists she is now “healthy and well”.

The legendary singer-songwriter lashed out at “sensationalist headlines” about her condition in a fiery Instagram post on May 6.

“Just to clear things up for people who would rather believe sensationalist headlines than do their own research about the nature of this virus – I am not currently sick,” Madonna wrote.

Madonna insists she was sick with coronavirus during the Paris stint of her Madame X tour.

“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 seven weeks ago along with many other artists in my show”.

Madonna said she and other people on her tour believed at the time that they had “a very bad flu”.

“Thank God we are all healthy and well now,” she added.

Just to clear things up for people who would rather believe sensationalist headlines than do their own research about the nature of this virus – I am not currently sick.

“Hope that clears things up for the band wagon jumpers!! Knowledge is power!”

Madonna’s latest Instagram post comes just days after she announced in a fittingly theatrical video that she had tested positive for coronavirus antibodies.

The pop star hugged her friend Steven Klein at his birthday party just days after testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies.

In the video, she said she “took a test the other day” and found out that there were antibodies in her blood.

“So tomorrow I’m just going to go for a long drive in the car,” she said.

“I’m going to roll down the window and breathe in the COVID-19 air.”

But she was roundly criticised when, just days later, she was pictured hugging her friend Steven Klein at his 55th birthday party.

The World Health Organization has cast doubt on the trustworthiness of tests for antibodies, saying that they “need further validation to determine their accuracy” and noting that it is not yet proven that antibodies confer immunity.

The pop star recently donated $1.1 million to efforts to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.

More: Coronavirus, COVID-19, Health, madame x, Madonna, Music

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