Rita Wilson Performs for the First Time since She and Tom Hanks Recovered from Coronavirus

Following the recovery of Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson from coronavirus, the latter has performed for the first time, by singing the national anthem before the NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race at Bristol. 

Four weeks have passed since singer Rita Wilson and her husband, Tom Hanks announced that they tested positive to the coronavirus pandemic, becoming one of the first celebrities to be infected with the disease. 

The couple has since recovered from the virus and are slowly getting back to shape, although most parts of the world continue to be in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson arrive at Valentino's 40th Anniversary Los Angeles event November 17, 2000 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, CA | Photo: Getty Images

Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson arrive at Valentino's 40th Anniversary Los Angeles event November 17, 2000 at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, CA | Photo: Getty Images

The couple kept their fans updated on their activities while in quarantine and isolation, with one of those updates seeing Rita Wilson perform one of her songs, and also rapping to "Hip Hop Hooray." 

It showed how much Wilson missed singing to the public, and soon after her recovery, she was filmed by her son, Truman Hanks, 24, singing the US National Anthem from their home in LA. 

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Hip Hop Hooray is like modern day Shakespeare. I originally learned the song for one of the most fun roles I ever played in the film Boy Genius. It took me a month to learn because it’s so complex and nuanced; it was like training for a marathon. The rhythms and tempos are so unique and creative. When I was quarantined and recovering from COVID-19 I wanted to see if I still remembered it, kind of like a brain exercise. To my surprise I did. I thought it would be fun to put it on my Instagram to show people I was doing okay and to make them smile. When @naughtybynature4ever commented about it, I couldn’t believe it. What a joy to be doing this remix with legends of the Hip-Hop world. I’m forever grateful for their generosity of spirit and for being able to raise money together for @musicares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Hit the link in my bio to listen to it and donate on YouTube! Available on all music platforms 4/10 👑

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The anthem preceded the broadcast of NASCAR's virtual race, the third that has been held since the coronavirus outbreak led to a suspension of NASCAR's races in March. 

NASCAR's drivers compete against each other by using race simulators, much like those in arcade racing games. The virtual races are televised live on FOX Sports and have generated about a million viewers so far. 

She explained the significance of the date, March 29, to her life, being the day she learned of her breast cancer diagnosis

Seeing the recovered Rita Wilson performing the national anthem, apart from being a moment to be happy about, also filled most of the viewers and fans of NASCAR with hope. 

Some of them shared their delight over the development, with one fan saying that Wilson sang the anthem very well and that seeing and hearing her feeling better gave them a glimmer of hope. Another fan said

"Excellent job. When we do get back to real racing, she should be invited to sing again." 

Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks continue to observe the social distancing guidelines following their return to the US from Australia. After their return, the actress shared a lengthy post on Instagram. 

In the post, she explained the significance of the date, March 29, to her life, being the day she learned of her breast cancer diagnosis.

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This date, March 29, represents a time of great happiness. I was on Broadway starring with Larry David in his play Fish In The Dark before finding out I had been diagnosed with breast cancer. March 29 also marks five years of being cancer free after having had a bilateral mastectomy. I am so thankful for my health, for the doctors, nurses, friends and family who got me through that time. You, online friends, also need to be thanked because your prayers and optimism were felt deeply. And, so thankful for the blessings God has bestowed on me, then and now. One year ago on March 29, I was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a street, that as a child, I’d walk on an read all the names of the stars I admired, never believing one day my name would be on one of those stars. And one year ago today, I released my fourth album, Halfway to Home. Every day I get to make music is a gift. So much has happened musically in that one year. So much goodness. All of this would not be possible without good health. So, today, March 29, I am celebrating the beauty of this life, the blessings God has given , and my continued good health, even now as a COVID 19 survivor. Please take a moment today to acknowledge the amazing creation your bodies are and to thank it for doing so much.

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The 63-year-old went on to thank her doctors, nurses, friends, family, and everyone who got her through that period. Going on, she said that March 29 also marks the day she was honored with a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

She also released her fourth studio album, "Halfway to Home," on that date last year. In conclusion, the singer said that she was celebrating the beauty of life on March 29, 2020, as well as the blessings God has given her, especially after surviving COVID-19. 

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