Hollywood star actor Idris Elba has come out to shut down allegations that celebrities are being paid to say they have the Coronavirus. In an Instagram video, the actor describes such claims as "stupid."
As people all over the world continue to unite in the fight against the spread of the novel Coronavirus, some rumors have started making the rounds about celebrities being paid to say they have the virus.
The actor who, along with his wife Sabrina Dhowre, tested positive for the highly contagious COVID-19 took to Instagram Live to slam the rumors that recently surfaced. In the video which was posted by The Shade Room, the visibly angry actor said:
"And also this idea that someone like myself is gonna be paid to say I've got Coronavirus, that's absolute...Such stupidness."
Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre Elba at the official launch party of Lucky Cat by Gordon Ramsay on September 2, 2019, in London, England | Photo: Getty Images
The "Hobbs and Shaw" star made it clear to his followers that the virus does not discriminate based on social status. He also took the time to address the issue around"test-shaming," calling it counterproductive and totally unnecessary.
Tom Hanks was one of the first celebrities to come out to say he had tested positive
Elba earlier in the month said he had decided to get tested for the virus after someone he had been in contact with tested positive.
Meanwhile, controversial singer Cardi B was one of the notable figures who alleged that celebrities might be getting paid to say they have the virus. The rapper insinuated this on her Instagram story.
Elba isn't the only celebrity to have tested positive for the Coronavirus. Legendary actor Tom Hanks was one of the first stars to come out to say he had tested positive for the Coronavirus, along with his wife, Rita Wilson.
Also, the wife of Canadian prime minister Sophie Grégoire Trudeau tested positive for the virus. With the number of celebrities and public figures testing positive for the COVID-19 virus continuing to rise, authorities have urged people to follow the strict measures set up to protect themselves.