This weekend’s highly anticipated Verzuz battle between Ashanti and Keyshia Cole was, unfortunately, postponed after Ashanti revealed she had tested positive for Coronavirus. In an Instagram livestream Saturday night (Dec. 12), the “Foolish” singer responded to fans’ claims that she could have been exposed to the virus while she’s been traveling, as she recently took a trip to Africa.
“To be very, very, very clear — yes I’ve been traveling. Yes I went to Nairobi; I had an amazing time. No, I did not get COVID from traveling,” she said in the video. “I did not get COVID from being in Africa or anything like that.”
“Everyone that I went on the trip with has tested [negative],” she continued. “They went from country to country; they went to Uganda so they have to continue to get tested. No one tested positive. I did not get it from traveling.”
Ashanti explained that she was actually exposed to the virus while at home from a family member and stressed to her viewers the seriousness of the disease.
“I actually got it from a family member when I came home,” she revealed. “I came home and I hugged a family member who ended up being positive. I didn’t know he was positive; he didn’t know he was positive, so when he went to get tested, I was like, ‘Oh fuck.’”
Ashanti added that she received her positive test results on Friday (Dec. 11). Thankfully, she said she hasn’t suffered too badly from any severe symptoms. Keyshia Cole also hopped on during Ashanti’s Live — which overjoyed fans — and urged her to prioritize her health.
“… All our fans, collectively, are excited,” Cole said. “I think that we’re going to bring it right back. We’re going to do it for the ladies… We’re going to make it a good time. We’re going to make it a moment. So, it’s all good.”
The two “Woman to Woman” singers’ Verzuz has been rescheduled for Jan. 9. Until then, watch Ashanti’s full livestream below.