Idris Elba Denies Getting Paid to Say He Has Coronavirus

Idris Elba has no time for “stupidness” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday on Instagram Live, the “Luther” star — who publicly announced his COVID-19 diagnosis on March 16 — addressed the various conspiracy theories surrounding the illness.

One of the controversies includes the belief that the rich and/or famous have an easier time getting tested over people who are not.

Though the British actor believes everyone should have access to the test, he says the debate over who gets one is “counterproductive.”

“I think the debate about rich and poor and who’s getting it and who’s not, I think, is not a healthy debate,” Elba said. “It’s like, I got a test but I also got COVID. Does that make me preferential? I don’t understand that.”

“It shouldn’t be about whether rich or poor gets it,” he added. “I think that the negativity around test-shaming is counterproductive. I don’t see what people get out of that.”

The 47-year-old also slammed the outlandish rumor that celebrities are getting paid to say they have the virus.

“And also this idea that someone like myself is gonna be paid to say I’ve got coronavirus, that’s absolute --------. Such stupidness,” he exclaimed.

“People wanna spread that as if it’s news. That’s stupid,” he continued. “It’s the quickest way to get people sick, because there’s no benefit to me and [his wife] Sabrina sitting here saying we’ve got it or we ain’t got it. I don’t even understand the logic of that.”

While speaking to Oprah Winfrey on her “Oprah Talks COVID-19” Apple TV+ series on Sunday, Sabrina confirmed she has also tested positive for the coronavirus.

Sabrina defended her decision to be by her husband’s side when he first announced his diagnosis.

“I wanted to be with him,” she proclaimed. “That’s the instinct of a wife. You want to go and take care.”

Despite having the illness, she says the two are “asymptomatic,” but will “keep everyone updated” on their conditions.


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