ANDREA Bocelli has revealed that he contracted COVID-19 in March.
The 61-year-old Italian singer – who said his family also had coronavirus – explained he didn’t want to alarm his fans so hadn’t told people sooner.
The opera star – who is blind – used his Facebook page to share the statement which went on to say that he’s donated blood to help find a cure.
“The pandemic which has shaken the world has also affected – albeit mildly – me and certain members of my family, he wrote on Tuesday.
“Out of respect for those for whom contracting the virus has had more serious consequences, I decided it would be best not to share the news. I certainly didn’t want to unnecessarily alarm my fans and also wished to protect my family’s privacy.
“We were fortunate enough to have a swift and full recovery by the end of March.”
He continued: “Given the chance to donate blood to help find a cure for Covid, my response was an immediate “yes”. A modest — but fundamental — gesture, through which I am playing my small part.”
He signed off, simply, “Andrea.”
Italian outlet La Stampa, reported that Bocelli said he was diagnosed on March 10. His wife, Veronica, and two of his children also reportedly tested positive.
“My whole family was contaminated,” he said in a translated version. “We all had a fever – though thankfully not high ones – with sneezing and coughing.”
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Bocelli was recovered enough by April to perform an Easter concert at an empty Duomo of Milan.
The music special has over 40 million views since it streamed live.
Bocelli’s participation was done pro bono.
He’s married to Veronica Berti, and the couple share daughter Veronica. He also has two children from his previous marriage.