Despite their best efforts, some of the biggest celebs have contracted COVID-19 — including Lewis Hamilton, Khloe Kardashian, Bad Bunny, Donald Trump Jr., and more.
From statewide shutdowns to wearing face masks, the coronavirus pandemic has affected each and every one us in 2020, including some of our favorite celebrities. After Tom Hanks, 64, and his wife Rita Wilson, 63, confirmed they had contracted COVID-19 in Australia, stars like Jim Parsons, 47, Giuliana Rancic, 46, Vivica A. Fox, 56, Robert Pattinson, 34, and more have also tested positive for the highly contagious virus in the months since. And now, Bad Bunny has joined this growing list of affected celebrities. List of the most recent stars that have had COVID-19 below.
Grammy winning singer Gloria Estefan revealed on December 2 that she tested positive for COVID-19 after dining outdoors at a Miami restaurant. The 63-year-old said she spent most of November in isolation and endured only “a little bit of a cough” after losing her sense of smell and taste. In a video posted to her Instagram page, the Cuban-born hitmaker said she was infected despite following all protocols to a tee. Gloria theorized that she could have been exposed by a fan who was not wearing a mask — while at dinner, the fan tapped her on the shoulder and got very close to her to talk.
“I was very lucky, but I just wanted to share with you that I was in quarantine, and one day I went out and met with one person who was not wearing a mask. I even held my breath through their talk, but something must have happened there,” she said. Luckily, she didn’t suffer too severely, and added, “Fear was my biggest problem. We’ve got to grab fear and shake it and just do whatever you can to keep your immune system as healthy as you can.”
Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park circuit racetrack in Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. (AP)
“I’m devastated that I won’t be racing this weekend,” tweeted Lewis Hamilton on Dec. 1. The Formula One star revealed that he’d tested positive for COVID-19, and will not race in the Sakhir Grand Prix. “Since we started the season in June, my team and I have been taking all the precautions we possibly can and following the regulations everywhere we’ve been in order to stay safe. Unfortunately, even though I returned three negative results this past week, I woke up yesterday morning with mild symptoms and requested another test which came back positive. I’ve immediately gone into self-isolation for ten days.”
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) December 1, 2020
“I’m gutted not to be able to race this weekend, but my priority is to follow the protocols and advice to protect others. I’m really lucky that I feel ok with only mild symptoms and will do my best to stay fit and healthy. Please look after yourself out there. You can never be too careful. These are worrying times for everyone and we need to make sure we are looking after ourselves and each other. Stay positive.”
Arie Luyendyk Jr.
Arie Luyendyk Jr. revealed his COVID-19 diagnosis on Instagram over the Thanksgiving holiday. (AP)
Arie Luyendyk Jr. revealed that he had contracted the coronavirus in a series of videos posted on his Instagram Stories feed on Nov. 26. “Many of you have been wondering… why we have been absent on social media and why I’m sitting like 25ft away from the girls,” he said, as he sat outside in his garden, far away from his wife, Lauren, and their 18-month-old daughter, Alessi. “It’s ‘cause I actually tested positive for COVID… nine days ago. So tomorrow I get to go in and see if I’m all clear. It’s been rough. I gotta say. It’s not easy being separated. I’ve been on the other side of the house. Lauren has been really sweet, she’s been keeping me fed. She just slides some food outside and I go get it. So that is the reason why we’ve been so absent.”
Bad Bunny performs onstage (AP)
Bad Bunny‘s fans were concerned after he dropped out of the 2020 American Music Awards on November 22 with no explanation. The singer’s rep revealed in a statement that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was not showing any “major” symptoms as of November 23. They declined to provide further details. Bad Bunny was slated to perform his hit “Dákiti” with Jhay Cortez at the awards show, where he won Favorite Male Latin Artist and Favorite Latin Album for YHLQMDLG. He appeared remotely to present Favorite Latin Female Artist.
Donald Trump Jr.
On Nov. 20, 2020, Donald Trump Jr.’s spokesperson confirmed he had tested positive for COVID-19. Photo credit: AP.
The president’s son spent months on the campaign trail stumping for his dad while not wearing a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It finally caught up with him, as on Nov. 20, 2020 he revealed that tested positive for the coronavirus. “I got the ‘rona” he said in an Instagram video, explaining that he only found out because he took a precautionary test ahead of a father-son trip with one of his children.
Don Jr. said he was experiencing no symptoms whatsoever, but is quarantining and following protocol “out of an abundance of caution” and taking the diagnosis “seriously.” Don Jr.’s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle already battled the coronavirus, testing positive in Aug. of 2020 but she too was asymptomatic.
Ginger Zee, of ABC News, said she came down with COVID-19 at the start of the pandemic (AP)
“I had the coronavirus, my family had the coronavirus, nine months ago, right at the beginning of the pandemic,” Good Morning America’s Ginger Zee said during the Nov. 16 episode of GMA. The ABC News chief meteorologist said she continues to test for COVID because she “travels a lot – hurricanes, and the wildfires – for work here.” She brought this up in a segment about false positives while revealing that she also had a recent false-positive test.
Meghan King attends KIIS FMs iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2019 (AP)
“I tested positive for COVID,” The Real Housewives of Orange County alum Meghan King shared with her Instagram followers on Sunday (Nov. 15.) “I have been safe while traveling but I had an exchange on Tuesday where I did not protect myself and this is where I had to have been infected. I have been safe with distancing and masks since Tuesday, including when I went to a dinner solo and stayed distant and wore a mask at [2-year-old son Hayes]’s soccer.” Meghan, 36, added that her kids – twins Hayes and Hart and 3-year-old Aspen – have been staying with their father, Jim Edmonds. “[B]ut Hayes will quarantine due to brief (1 hour) proximity to me. I have contacted everyone and will isolate for 10 days minimum, per CDC guidelines. My children will have to stay with my parents as they cannot stay at my house while I’m sick.”
“I am feeling poorly but I am okay,” she added. Meghan said she got tested to feeling “extreme lethargy.” She said she has “extreme exhaustion, sneezing, a mild cough, and diarrhea.” She also says she thinks she’s losing her sense of smell, and is undergoing a “regiment of vitamins, tons of rest, water, and food delivery.”
Larsa Pippen is battling COVID-19. Image: MEGA
Larsa Pippen revealed in a since deleted Instagram Story that she contracted the novel coronavirus. “I’ve been battling Covid for a week. It’s no joke I’ve never felt pain like this!” the Real Housewives of Miami alum, 46, captioned the November 13 story. HollywoodLife reached out to her rep, who confirmed the model had tested positive. “Yes she has been battling it for a week. She’s had the worst body aches and hard time breathing. We have a doctor coming to the house caring for her.”
Richard Schiff & Sheila Kelley
On Election Day I tested positive for Covid-19. This has been the most bizarre week of our lives. @thesheilakelley is also positive. This is tough. We are determined to find a way to health again. We root for everyone out there who are struggling with this thing. Love from here.
— Richard Schiff (@Richard_Schiff) November 10, 2020
Richard Schiff “tested positive” for COVID-19 on election day, which The Good Doctor star revealed in a Twitter post on Nov. 10, 2020. Sadly, he also revealed that his wife, The Guest star Sheila Kelley, has also tested positive for the virus. “This has been the most bizarre week of our lives…This is tough. We are determined to find a way to health again. We root for everyone out there who are struggling with this thing. Love from here,” Richard wrote in his Twitter announcement.
We are hanging in there. Spiraling love from one to the other. That and deep slow long breaths. https://t.co/LnRCbbdb45
— Sheila Kelley (@thesheilakelley) November 10, 2020
Sheila added on to her husband’s message, tweeting, “We are hanging in there. Spiraling love from one to the other. That and deep slow long breaths.”
Charlie Hunnam has revealed he had the coronavirus. Image: MEGA
Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam has revealed he had the coronavirus. The 40-year-old actor made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on November 6, during which he explained that he was feeling sick. “I’m not sure what I have. I have a little bit of a persistent fever, a dry cough, a little bit of fatigue, so it could be COVID,” he said, explaining that he had tested negative for the virus but had it earlier in the year. “I just lost my sense of taste and smell for about 10 days and had a little bit of fatigue,” he said. “This feels very, very different. This feels much more like flu.”
Khloe Kardashian, 36, revealed that she was diagnosed with coronavirus back in Mar. in self-recorded footage for Keeping Up with the Kardashians. A promo trailer for the Oct. 29 episode showed the reality beauty laying in bed and talking about her experience with being sick. “Just found out that I do have corona,” she said to the camera. “I have been in my room. It’s gonna be fine, but it was really bad for a couple days.”
“Vomiting, shaking and hot and then cold,” she continued before also talking about extreme headaches and coughing. “I suffer from migraines, but this was the craziest headache,” she said. “I wouldn’t say it was a migraine. The coughing, my chest would burn when I would cough.”
She went on to warn viewers that the virus is indeed “real” but also gave them positive words of encouragement. “Let me tell you, that s**t is real. But, we’re all gonna get through this,” she assured before concluding by saying, “we’re all gonna be ok” if everyone follows the correct protocols. She ended the video by saying, “May God bless us all.”
Pregnant Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson, 23, announced on October 26 that she was hospitalized with a severe case of coronavirus: “Life update: I’m not going to lie, this has been one of the most challenging things. I got COVID-19 and ended up getting very sick. I know everyone experiences covid differently, but wow these symptoms are wild. I’ve definitely struggled through this one! Thankfully baby Huff is doing great and healthy, and I am now healing as well. I’m no longer in the hospital (this pic was not from today) and i have just about fully recovered. I’ve learned a lot and I have been challenged in a lot of new ways.”
Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive for COVID-19 and left the Portugal national team to quarantine, the team revealed in an October 13 statement. “The Portuguese international is doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation,” reads the statement. “Following the positive case, the remaining players underwent new tests this Tuesday morning, all with a negative result, and are available to Fernando Santos for training this afternoon, in Cidade do Futebol.” The 35-year-old’s diagnosis means he won’t be playing for Portugal when they face off against Sweden in a UEFA Nations League game on October 14.
Cristiano Ronaldo attends the world premiere of Ronaldo, 11/5/15 (AP Images)
Cam Newton, 31, is the latest pro-athlete to test positive for the Coronavirus. The New England Patriots Quarterback will not be playing in Sunday night’s game, ESPN reports. “Late last night, we received notice that a Patriots player tested positive for COVID-19. The player immediately entered self-quarantine,” the team said in a statement to the network. “Several additional players, coaches and staff who have been in close contact with the player received point of care tests this morning and all were negative for COVID-19,” they added.
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, 59, took to Twitter on Oct. 3 to announce he has tested positive for COVID-19. The politician helped President Donald Trump, 74, who also tested positive for the virus, prepare for the first of the presidential debates last week. “I just received word that I am positive for COVID-19,” Christie’s tweet, which can be seen below, read. “I want to thank all of my friends and colleagues who have reached out to ask how I was feeling in the last day or two. I will be receiving medical attention today and will keep the necessary folks apprised of my condition.”
I just received word that I am positive for COVID-19. I want to thank all of my friends and colleagues who have reached out to ask how I was feeling in the last day or two. I will be receiving medical attention today and will keep the necessary folks apprised of my condition.
— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) October 3, 2020
Donald & Melania Trump
The very own president and First Lady of the United States, Donald Trump and Melania Trump, tested positive for the coronavirus on Oct. 1. Donald made the announcement himself on Twitter, writing, “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
Melania also took to Twitter with her own announcement. “As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.”
As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 2, 2020
Even before receiving the positive test results, Donald and Melania planned to go into quarantine. This is because Trump’s top aide Hope Hicks was the first to test positive for the coronavirus after she and the president traveled to and from the first 2020 presidential debate together (which took place on Sept. 29). Donald and Melania’s positive COVID-19 tests happened less than five weeks before the Nov. 3 presidential election.
Donald Trump and Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19 and will spend the beginning of October in quarantine. (Photo Credit: MEGA)
Hope Hicks — who is a very close senior adviser to Donald Trump — tested positive for COVID-19, which Bloomberg News was the first to report “according to people familiar with the matter.” The senior adviser just traveled with Trump to and from his first presidential debate with Joe Biden, which took place on Sept. 29, via the Air Force One.
Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
Hope reportedly “felt poorly” in Minnesota the day afterwards, where Trump was holding a rally, according to the report. On that day, she was seen walking to Trump’s Marine One helicopter with the president’s other advisers Jared Kushner, Stephen Miller, and Dan Scavino, according to ABC News. She was then “quarantined” on her “return flight” and received her positive test results for COVID-19 on Oct. 1, just two days after the presidential debate, Bloomberg News also reported.
Shortly after the report broke, Trump confirmed Hope’s diagnosis and revealed that both he and Melania Trump will be quarantining. “Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!,” Trump tweeted on Oct. 1.
Hope Hicks with Donald Trump. (Photo Credit: AP)
Jim revealed that both he and his husband, Todd Spiewak, 43, contracted COVID-19 earlier this year when he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Sept. 28. ″Todd and I both had it early on. It was, like, middle of March,″ he told Jimmy Fallon during the interview, which can be seen below. ″We didn’t know what it was. We thought we had colds. And then it seemed less likely, and then finally we lost our sense of smell and taste.”
″It defied the descriptions for me,” he continued. “I didn’t realize how completely taste and smell could be gone,″ he continued of his symptoms. ″And when you’re in quarantine and there’s really nothing to do but eat, oh my God, that was brutal.”
Jim went on to confirm that both he and Todd, who were married in 2017, luckily recovered from the virus and have been quarantining in their home together.
The longtime red carpet host, 46, was set to be a part of E!’s Live from the Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards special on Sept. 20, but she revealed in a video message that she had contracted COVID-19. “Hey, everyone. As I go into my 20th year on the E! red carpet I have to say I do not take missing an award show lightly, but unfortunately, this year is just so different,” Giuliana said in the video. “As part of E! and NBCUniversal’s very strict testing guidelines, especially before an event like this, I did find out that I tested positive for COVID-19. Now as much as I didn’t want to hear that, I’m very thankful I heard it before I traveled and possibly could have exposed other people. So for that, I’m thankful.”
She continued: “As far as my health, I’m doing well. My husband Bill and our son [Duke] also did test positive, but we’re all doing well and taking care of each other so I’m going to get back to doing that. But I just want to say I’m wishing you all the best and please protect yourselves and protect those around you. Take good care and I’ll see you on the next red carpet.”
Giuliana Rancic revealed she tested positive for COVID-19 before the Emmys. (AP)
Vivica A. Fox
Vivica, 56, was also set to take part in E!’s Live from the Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards special, but she also tested positive for COVID-19. She released a statement that aired during the pre-show. Her statement read: “I am terribly sorry I cannot be with my E! family tonight! Unfortunately, I have tested positive for the coronavirus. So, in an abundance of caution, I am isolating myself at home. During these precedented times, it’s more important than ever that we follow all safety and health rules and guidelines to protect ourselves and each other. I’m sending my very best to Nina and Brad, who I know will hold down the fort, and congratulations to all of tonight’s nominees!”
Vivica A. Fox revealed she tested positive for COVID-19 before the 2020 Emmys. (AP)
Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka, along with their young twins Gideon and Harper (who were nine years old at the time), contracted the coronavirus at the beginning of the pandemic. Neil revealed the news months later during a Sept. 2020 episode of the Today show, explaining, “It happened very early [in the pandemic], like late March, early April. We were doing our best before, and I thought I had the flu, and I didn’t want to be paranoid about it.”
However, the How I Met Your Mother star knew something was wrong when he “lost [his] sense of taste and smell,” so the family “holed up” afterwards. They’re now doing “great,” Neil confirmed.
Neil Patrick Harris with his husband, David Burtka, and their two young children Harper and Gideon. (Photo Credit: MEGA)
Jillian Michaels revealed she contracted COVID-19 from a “very close friend” after letting her “guard down” during an interview on Fox Business, which aired on Sept. 8. “If you are afraid of COVID, you should not go to the gym. And I actually am a person who let my guard down, I haven’t even spoken about this publicly really, and a very close friend of mine gave me COVID several weeks ago,” the fitness expert admitted on television.
While she got “on the other side” of the virus “pretty quick,” The Biggest Loser host admitted that a public gym is “probably a place where you will get [the coronavirus].” She added, “I would love to tell you that’s not the case, but the reality is I literally get my guard down for an hour with one of my best friends who does my hair and makeup and got it. It’s just that simple.” Jillian clarified that her friend “had no idea” she had the virus, and even the workout guru herself was unaware she was carrying the virus for six days.
Jillian Michaels contracted the coronavirus from a good friend sometime during the pandemic, and urged fans to stay away from public gyms if they’re scared of COVID-19. (MEGA)
Tiffany Haddish revealed that she tested positive for the coronavirus earlier in the pandemic. The comedian made the big reveal during an interview with the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, which she uploaded to her YouTube page on Aug. 31. “I was working on a movie and someone in the movie contracted coronavirus. I was not in direct contact with them, but they sent all of us home, we stopped the movie. They suggested I go get tested. I got tested, got the results back two days later, they said I didn’t have the coronavirus. Get the tests the second time. I’m not feeling any symptoms or anything, and it comes back like two days later, and they said I did have the coronavirus,” Tiffany revealed.
Tiffany went into self-isolation afterwards. Eventually, another test came back negative, but revealed that the actress had “antibodies.” So, Tiffany got tested 12 times after that — her most recent results revealed that she did not have any antibodies! The Girl’s Trip actress joked, “So I think I’m superhuman.”
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, 48, took to his Instagram account on Sept. 2 to reveal that he, his wife Lauren, 35, and two daughters, Jasmine, 4, and Simone, 2, all tested positive for COVID-19. In a video he shared with his followers, which you can see below, he explained that they caught the virus from “very close family friends” who they “love and trust” but after quarantining, they are no longer contagious and are “on the other end of it” and doing “good.”
“Stay disciplined. Boost your immune system. Commit to wellness. Wear your mask. Protect your family,” Dwayne captioned his video. “Be strict about having people over your house or gatherings. Stay positive. And care for your fellow human beings. Stay healthy, my friends. DJ,” he signed off, adding a black heart emoji.
Robert Pattinson, 34, has contracted COVID-19, according to Vanity Fair. His diagnosis has caused production on The Batman to be halted in London, England only days after they resumed filming. “A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused,” Warner Bros. said in a September 3 statement, not naming Rob. HollywoodLife has reached out to his rep for comment.
Robert Pattinson tested positive for COVID-19 just days after filming resumed on ‘The Batman,’ according to Vanity Fair. Production has since been halted. (AP)
“I want to make it public that today, Aug. 10, I am forced to celebrate my 60th birthday in quarantine, having tested positive for the COVID-19 disease, caused by the coronavirus,” Antonio Banderas, 60, tweeted on Monday (Aug. 10) in Spanish. “I would like to add that I feel relatively good,” he added, per Variety, “just a little more tired than usual, and am confident that I will recover as soon as possible following medical instructions that I hope will allow me to overcome the infectious period that I am suffering, and that is affecting so many people around the planet.”
Quiero contaros lo siguiente… pic.twitter.com/u579iBVLM0
— Antonio Banderas (@antoniobanderas) August 10, 2020
“I will take advantage of this isolation to read, write, rest and continue making plans to begin to give meaning to my 60 years,” added Antonio, “to which I arrive full of enthusiasm. A big hug to everyone.”
Antonio Banderas confirmed he contracted the virus, forcing him to spend his 60th birthday in quarantine (AP).
Alyssa Milano, 47, has opened up about her experience battling COVID-19 after discovering she’s tested positive for the antibodies. “This was me on April 2nd after being sick for 2 weeks. I had never been this kind of sick…Low grade fever. And the headaches were horrible. I basically had every Covid symptom,” the Charmed alum explained. “At the very end of march I took two covid19 tests and both were negative…After living the last 4 months with lingering symptoms like, vertigo, stomach abnormalities, irregular periods, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, zero short term memory, and general malaise, I went and got an antibody test from a blood draw (not the finger prick) from a lab. I am POSITIVE for covid antibodies. I had Covid19,” she said in her lengthy Instagram post, shared on Wednesday, Aug. 5.
Actor Bryan Cranston, 63, revealed in an Instagram post that he had caught COVID-19, but that his symptoms were mild. “I was pretty strict in adhering to the protocols and still… I contracted the virus. Yep. it sounds daunting now that over 150,000 Americans are dead because of it. I was one of the lucky ones. Mild symptoms. I count my blessings and urge you to keep wearing the damn mask, keep washing your hands, and stay socially distant.” he wrote. Brian shared an accompanying video where he donated plasma so the antibodies could be retrieved to help those suffering with more serious cases of virus.
I tested positive for COVID-19, so I’ve kind of really been at home self-quarantining for the past week and a half,” Real Housewives of Atlanta alum Sheree Whitfield, 50, told her fans via Instagram on July 14. She went on to reveal that the illness is “no joke,” but also admitted that she’s feeling a lot better. She concluded, “Thank you guys and take care and be safe”.
Kanye West, 43, revealed that he had coronavirus back in February during an interview with Forbes that was published on July 8. Of his symptoms, he said, “Chills, shaking in bed, taking hot showers, looking at videos telling me what I’m supposed to do to get over it.” He also added, “Someone told me Drake had the coronavirus and my response was, ‘Drake can’t be sicker than me!’” Of note, Drake, 33, confirmed he tested negative for the virus in May.
Kanye West revealed he had COVID-19 in February 2020. (AP Images)
In this time of uncertainty, consult the Center For Disease Control for information about COVID-19, what measures you can take to prevent the spread of coronavirus, what to do if you demonstrate symptoms, and how to not get swept in the hysteria during this time.