Prince Royce, 31, opened up about his diagnosis in a video on Friday. The Back It Up singer revealed that he had tested positive for COVID-19 almost 2 weeks ago. Royce revealed that he tested positive despite taking precautions against the respiratory disease. The singer took to Twitter to share a message with fans and encourage them to focus on their safety. Especially during this 4th of July weekend.
“This is something I never thought would happen to me, but it did,” he said, speaking both English and Spanish in the clip. “I’m in shock. I didn’t think it was going to happen to me. I thought that taking precaution by washing my hands and wearing a mask was going to be enough, and it was not,” he continued.
Royce, born Geoffrey Royce Rojas, added that he was fortunate enough to only experience mild symptoms. “It didn’t hit me as hard,” he said of the virus. “I’m feeling better now. I’m hoping to come out negative in the next week or so.”
“If you don’t have to go out, don’t go out”
Royce expressed his concerns in “seeing people not practicing social distancing, seeing people not wearing a mask” amid the rising toll of coronavirus cases in the United States.
“I know Fourth of July is coming up, I know we’ve been stuck, we wanna go out, we think that it’s not gonna happen to us. But it’s real,” he continued. “I just want to try to encourage my community, my youth, to take care of yourselves, to be mindful of others. I’m concerned for people that do have pre-existing conditions and low immune systems. We just don’t know what’s going on.” He addressed the growing number of people going out. “A lot of people are going out. If you don’t have to go out, don’t go out. Let’s protect our families. Let’s protect our parents, and let’s be mindful of other people.”
“Don’t be selfish and make the same mistakes that I did”
The singer admitted that he initially wanted to hide his diagnosis. However, he soon realized that it was his duty to help his fans and to tell them not to do what he did. That is to go out just because things are open.
“I was home this whole time, and I went out to some restaurants because things opened, and I thought, ‘Well, Florida hasn’t been so bad. New York is the one with the problem.’ I fell for that. I think many people can fall for that and will fall for that,” he said. “Don’t be selfish and make the same mistakes that I probably did.”
The musician also expanded on his concerns in a caption on Instagram, writing, “I was diagnosed with COVID-19 and I am on day number 12 since my symptoms began. My case has been mild and I am feeling well. I share this with you today to ask you please not let down your guard. This virus is very real and we can have it and spread it without even knowing.”
“Let’s all take care of each other.”
“I didn’t think I had it as I didn’t feel that bad and had I not gotten tested I would be spreading it to others,” he added. “This holiday weekend please maintain social distancing. Use masks. If you don’t have to leave home to work or get together with others, don’t do it.”
He concluded his message with a note to young people. “This is more than just about taking care of ourselves, it is about taking care of others, older people and those with compromised immune systems. Please let’s take this seriously and act responsibly and with compassion. Let’s all take care of each other.”
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