Sabrina Elba has tested positive for the coronavirus.
In an interview with the “Oprah Talks COVID-19” Apple TV+ series posted Sunday, Idris Elba’s wife confirmed her diagnosis to Oprah Winfrey — days after her husband announced his illness.
While speaking to the host via FaceTime, Sabrina — with Idris beside her — defended her decision not to quarantine herself from the “Luther” actor when he revealed his diagnosis last Monday. At the time, she had not yet been tested.
“I wanted to be with him,” she exclaimed. “That’s the instinct of a wife. You want to go and take care.”
Just like the British leading man, Sabrina says she has not experienced symptoms thus far.
“I don’t feel anything that would come to what people would now expect to be a symptom of coronavirus, which is really strange,” she remarked.
“It might change in the coming weeks, and we’ll keep everyone updated,” she added. “But it is worrisome that we’re sitting here, two people, and... we’re asymptomatic.”
During his virtual sit-down with Winfrey, Idris also shared his thoughts on the virus, saying COVID-19 has opened his eyes to how humans have “damaged” Earth.
“One of the upsides of this whole drama is that we are forced to think together as a race,” he commented. “Our world has been taking a kicking. We have damaged our world, and it’s no surprise that our world is reacting to the human race.”
“There’s no surprise that a virus has been created that is going to slow us down, and ultimately make us think differently about our world and ourselves,” he continued. “For me, that’s a standout thing that’s very obvious. This is almost like the world’s cry out. Like: ‘Hey, hey, hey — you’re kicking me, you know, and what you’re doing is not good, so I’ll get rid of you,’ — as any organism would do, is try to get rid of an infection. And maybe this is it for the world.”
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Like millions of people all over the world, I've been staying safer at home for over a week now. I know a lot of people are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and uncertain. Because of that, I wanted to offer some hope and gather thought leaders and people going through it to add some perspective. Which is why I FaceTimed Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina who are safely quarantined together after he tested positive for COVID-19. Idris fills me in on his journey and Sabrina reveals the result of her test after they decided to quarantine together. Tap the link in my bio to watch our conversation for FREE on the Apple TV app (on your phone) or visit apple.co/oprahtalks
Idris and Sabrina married in April 2019 at a ceremony in Marrakesh, Morocco.