Ashanti Says She Did NOT Get Covid From Traveling, Singer Contracted Virus After Hugging Family Member


Ashanti Clears Up Covid-19 Rumors, Says She Got the Virus From Hugging A Family Member Instead of Traveling

Many were disappointed after a highly anticipated Verzuz battle between R&B Artists Keyshia Cole and Ashanti was postponed on Saturday night (December 12). The cancellation was exclusively reported by The Jasmine Brand.

When it was revealed singer Ashanti (real name Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas) had contracted Covid-19, some fans speculated it was due to her traveling.

The 40-year-old addressed how she contracted the virus.

“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, no I did not get Covid from being in Africa….Everyone that I went on a trip with has tested [negative]. 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 travelling. “

She instead revealed she contracted the virus from a family member.

“I actually got it from a family member when I came home. 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, f**k’.”

While originally the groups were trying to determine if it could be done virtually, ultimately the team decided to reschedule for January 9th. Keyshia Cole did hop on Ashanti’s live to show her support for the Foolish Singer.

“I told you last night I want to give you a hug, I want to love on you. I want to sing your songs in front of you, I want you to be there and do the same….I want you to enjoy your flowers… and I want us to be united as one, there’s too much separation and division in this business as women.”


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Authored by: Toi Monèt Creel