Thursday, September 23, 2021

Ashanti’s ‘Verzuz’ Battle with Keyshia Cole Postponed After Positive COVID-19 Test


The highly anticipated Verzuz battle between Ashanti and Keyshia Cole has been rescheduled due to COVID-19.

Hours before the event was scheduled to take place, Ashanti took Instagram to announce she had tested positive for the potentially deadly virus.

“Hey all, I can’t believe I’m saying this but I tested positive for COVID-19,” Ashanti wrote on Instagram — check out her post below. “I’m OK and not in any pain. I’m actually down to do the Verzuz from my house … We’re trying to figure it out.”

Check out her post below.

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The singer could have participated in the event from the comforts of her home, but organizers chose to simply postpone the event by several weeks.

“We cannot put anyone at risk in the process,” read a post on Verzuz‘s Instagram page. “First time this has struck us so close to showtime. We apologize to our incredible audience! Get well soon, Ashanti Wear a mask, stay inside, and take COVID-19 seriously. It’s truly affecting our community.”

The Ashanti and Cole Verzuz is now scheduled for Jan. 9, 2021.


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Ashanti shot down fans speculation that she contracted the virus during her recent travels to and fromAfrica.

“No, I did not get COVID from traveling. I did not get COVID from being in Africa or anything like that,” the singer said in a Saturday night Instagram Live session, insisting she caught the virus from a family member. She noted that she and her travel companions had continuously tested negative throughout their trip. “… No one tested positive. So I did not get it from traveling. I actually got it from a family member when I came home … I hugged the family member that ended up being positive. I didn’t know he was positive, he didn’t know he was positive.”

Ashanti said she received her test results Friday night.

“… All our fans, collectively, are excited …” Cole tweeted after Ashanti’s announcement. “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.”


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Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.



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