On March 16, 2020, Idris Elba revealed his coronavirus diagnosis. Elba is just one of many famous folks who have tested positive for the virus during the international pandemic. Now, in an update that he shared on Twitter just days after receiving his test results, the star has revealed when he was likely exposed to the virus and may have inadvertently hinted at who might have given it to him (or at least gotten it at the same time).
“I know that I’ve been exposed to it from March 4,” Elba said in his video. “That’s when the person that came up positive, that was the time I got in contact with that person.” On that date, the English actor had attended an event for the WE Day charity at SSE Arena in Wembley, London, according to People magazine.
In Elba’s video, he confirmed that he “was told that someone that [he] had been in contact with had tested positive,” adding that he was tested when someone who is “also in the public eye” had been diagnosed with the virus. Although the star didn’t indicate that he had been infected by that person and refrained from naming who he was referring to, he was photographed at the WE Day event with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. And, yes, Sophie is indeed sick.
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau shared a photo of herself with Idris Elba
Idris Elba and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau showed up to the same event on March 4, 2020, and the next day, she shared a photo of the pair on Instagram with a group of other people. “My heart is full after spending time working with my own family and the WE family,” she wrote. “Our message in London: Show yourself love and offer that same love to the world.”
Unfortunately, Grégoire Trudeau or someone else at the event may have already been infected with the novel coronavirus because, on March 12, 2020 news broke that she had tested positive for the illness. Just to be clear: It’s not known whether Grégoire Trudeau passed the illness to Elba or if they picked it up at the same time from someone else who was in attendance. Either way, it was a sad outcome for an event that was meant to be uplifting.
“She is feeling well, is taking all the recommended precautions and her symptoms remain mild,” an official statement regarding Grégoire Trudeau’s condition said, according to Global News. The message also noted that health care workers would be “reach[ing] out to those who have been in contact with Mrs. Grégoire Trudeau as they deem necessary.” We wonder if one of those people was Idris Elba.
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