- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 5:32PM
Andrea Bocelli has revealed he battled coronavirus, saying it felt like he was "living a nightmare".
The singing sensation and his entire family battled the virus and whilst they are all now fully recovered, Andrea has opened up about the harrowing experience they all endured.
In a statement to Italian publication La Stampa, he said: "My whole family was contaminated. We all had a fever - though thankfully not high ones - with sneezing and coughing. I had to cancel many concerts ... It was like living a nightmare because I felt like I was no longer in control of things. I was hoping to wake up at any moment."
The 61-year-old has played a prominent role in raising awareness amid the pandemic, but only now has he admitted he was himself a carrier of the virus, having contracted it in March.
The Italian tenor is now donating plasma to scientists researching coronavirus.
"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.
"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 added.
We're glad to hear he made a full recovery!