Antonio Banderas Announces He Has Coronavirus on His 60th Birthday


Antonio Banderas is ringing in his 60th birthday in a very unexpected way – the Spanish actor announced Monday that he has coronavirus.

The star shared a baby photo of himself on social media accompanied by a message in Spanish in which he wrote, “I find myself forced to celebrate my 60th birthday under quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.”

Banderas continued, explaining that he is doing “relatively well," though he admitted that he is “a bit more tired than usual.”

He says he trusts that he will recuperate soon “following the medical instructions that I hope will allow me to overcome the infectious process that I’m experiencing and that is already affecting so many people around the world.”

In the meantime, Banderas says that he will use his time in isolation to “read, write, rest and keep making plans to begin to give meaning to my brand-new 60 years to which I’m arriving full of enthusiasm and hope.”

In 2017, Banderas suffered a heart attack that he says changed his outlook on life. He told USA Today that the “things you might’ve thought were important before vanish, and you realize the only thing that is really, really (definite) is death – everything else is relative.”

Banderas also shared that his heart attack helped him lose his fear to express himself. "Now, there is only space for truth and nothing else. So you start searching for it: What is my truth? What am I? What is my role in life?,” Banderas said, noting that he is in the process of “trying to make my profession what it was in the beginning: my hobby, the thing I really love to do, regardless of what it is going to bring to me.”

Banderas is one of a long list of Hollywood stars who have shared their coronavirus diagnosis with the public. Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, tested positive for COVID-19 in March while shooting Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic in Australia.

In a recent appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Hanks shared that while in quarantine, his bones “felt like they were made of soda crackers."

“Every time I moved around I felt like something was cracking inside,” the 64-year-old explained. Hanks also felt a “bone-crushing fatigue” and soreness. Wilson displayed more common symptoms of the virus that the CDC has been warning the public about including a high fever, headaches, and a loss of smell and taste.

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