Idris Elba reveals how he may have contracted the coronavirus

2020-03-19 11:55
 
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JULY 13: Idris Elba arrive

Actor Idris Elba is one of the latest stars to have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. 

In a video he shared to Twitter on Tuesday night he suggested he may have caught it from the wife of Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

Sofia Trudeau, who has also tested positive for the virus, and the British actor met at the We Day UK charity event in Wembley on 4 March.

They posed for photos together and mingled with other celebrities, including F1 ace Lewis Hamilton.

"It’s hard to say when I got the disease or when I contracted Covid-19. I will say that I know I've been exposed to it from March 4," Idris says in the video.

He also hit back at the backlash he’s received as to why he let his 29-year-old wife, Sabrina, stand behind him when he first admitted he had the virus in a video he posted on Monday.

"Just for clarification, Sabrina wanted to be by my side. I love her even more for it and I’d do the same for her. When something like this is going on in the world, love is all you can get. Who am I to turn down my wife’s support?

"We presumed if I had it, she’d have it too. As much as I want her to be safe, we calculated that risk and decided to be together. Hope you guys can understand that."

He says the American model was sad about the criticism they received. "Yesterday was a lot for us. My wife isn’t as used to the public eye as I am and yesterday we were the biggest story in the world. It was weird because people were criticising her for being beside me and that was bananas."

He added she’s since undergone the test and they’re waiting for the results. "We’re grateful for that. Generally Sabrina’s fine, nervous of course, worried."

Iris says he was inspired to share his story after fellow actor Tom Hanks went public with his positive diagnosis a few weeks ago.

(Sources: Daily Mail, Twitter)

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