Madonna reveals coronavirus battle

Penny Burfitt
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Megastar Madonna has revealed she beat coronavirus after a health battle with what she thought was a ‘very bad flu’ at the time.

The 61-year-old was forced to axe a number of shows in Paris between February and March after falling ill with what tests have now revealed was COVID-19.

Madonna has revealed she battled coronavirus and beat it. Photo: Getty Images

It was only after the fact that the star tested positive to carrying antibodies, a sign she most likely already contracted and recovered from the virus.

Scientists are still undecided over antibody tests which they are not sure is accurate enough to definitively prove someone has already contracted the virus.

The singer is fully recovered and cleared the air around rumours with a message on her Instagram page.

“I am not currently sick,” she wrote.

”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.”

She gave the barest details about the health struggle but wrote it was like a ‘very bad flu’, which they all believed they had contracted at the time.

Madonna was forced to axe the concerts, the final string of her Madame X tour, after playing just one night on February 22.

Madonna fell ill after just one show in Paris in February. Photo: Getty Images

Initially, it was her own illness, then a lockdown by French authorities in early March to stop the spread that was behind the tour’s premature end.

She’s not the first big name to fall ill with the virus.

Harry Potter author J K Rowling revealed she had probably had the virus, after Britain’s enormous numbers lead to a limit on testing in March.

Actor Idris Elba also contracted and recovered from the virus, while Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were quarantined in Queensland after contracting the illness earlier this year.

The pair were one of the earliest cases of coronavirus detected in Australia.

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