Idris Elba has suggested that he may have caught coronavirus from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie after the two met shortly before they both tested positive for coronavirus.
The Dark Tower actor shocked fans on Tuesday night after revealing via Twitter he was exposed to the deadly disease on March 4, the same day he posed with Sophie at a charity event in the UK.
“It’s hard to say when I got the disease or when I contracted COVID-19, it’s hard to say when. I will say that I know I’ve been exposed to it from March 4,” Idris said in a recent video shared on social media.
“That’s when the person that came up positive, that was the time I got in contact with that person.” He continued, “So essentially, I could have been positive from March 4, but it’s hard to say when I contacted someone with corona, you can contract it at any time but my known exposure was that day.”
The Mountain Between Us actor posed for photos with Sophie at the event, where the pair were seen in close proximity to each other as well as other celebrities and attendees.
“On Friday, last week, I was told that someone I had been in contact with had tested positive [for coronavirus],” Idris claimed in the video. “I am on location about to start filming. The news breaks that this person, who is also in the public eye, has tested positive.”
Idris Elba tests positive for coronavirus
Idris also addressed the backlash he has been receiving on social media as to why he was tested for coronavirus when he claimed he had ‘no symptoms’ and ‘felt ok.’
“My job made me test immediately, I had to test anyway, as it meant I was putting a lot of people at risk if I had been exposed. We were lucky to get a test very quickly because of the shortages of the test,” the star said.
He also explained why his wife, Sabrina, has stayed by his side after fans criticised the model for putting herself at risk of exposure.
“Just for clarification, Sabrina wanted to be by my side. I love her even more for it and I would 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?”
Idris revealed he was inspired to share his coronavirus story after fellow actor Tom Hanks also shared that he tested positive for COVID-19.
Idris joined Tom and his wife, actor and singer Rita Wilson, on the list of celebrities who have tested positive for the virus. The Hollywood pair were in quarantine in Australia, and latest reports confirm they have now returned home to the USA.