American RnB singer Ashanti has tested positive for coronavirus and subsequently led to the postponement of her Verzuz battle against Keyshia Cole this past weekend.
The 40-year-old songbird who had been living it up in Nairobi this past week revealed news of her diagnosis via social media, telling her followers that she’s “OK and not in any pain”.
The ‘Rock wit U’ hitmaker wrote on Instagram: “Hey y’all I can’t believe I’m saying this but I tested positive for COVID-19. I’m OK and not in any pain. (sic)”
Her Instagram post continued: “I’m actually down to do the Verzuz from my house…we’re trying to figure it all out!!! (sic)”
Ashanti subsequently appeared on Instagram Live on Saturday (12.12.20), telling her fans that she felt able to appear on ‘Verzuz’, despite testing positive for coronavirus.
She explained: “I’m super bummed. I’m still ready to do it tonight. Me and Team Apple have been on the phone since like late last night, early this morning trying to figure out how to do it.
“And I’m super ready, but we don’t think the technical aspect of things is going to be perfect.
“This is crazy, not in a million years did I think I would test positive. I am so mad because I was so ready. The momentum of ‘Verzuz’ has been so incredible.”
Ashanti revealed she has a minor cough and no sense of taste or smell at the moment.
She was still willing to compete on the show, but after speaking to Keyshia, they decided it would be better to postpone the event so that they could appear in person.
The singer added: “At this point, I don’t know what else to do or say.”
However, Ashanti confirmed that her diagnosis has meant that she’s been forced to postpone her appearance on ‘Verzuz’, the webcast series that sees stars compete in a virtual DJ battle.
The singer was scheduled to compete against Keyshia Cole, but the show has now been rescheduled for January 9th 2021.
After many successful Verzuz battles over the last couple of months, this is the first time that a scheduled performance has been cancelled over Coronavirus.
As previously reported by The Sauce, Ashanti was vacationing in Nairobi accompanied by a group of friends for a couple of days. She was staying at the beautiful Hemmingways hotel in Karen, she visited The Nairobi National Park as well as the exclusive Giraffe Manor hotel. However, despite the COVID-19 regulations, Ashanti was not seen wearing a mask if her Instagram stories are anything to go by.