Kevin Clifton has revealed he believes he contracted coronavirus in January.
The Strictly Come Dancing star, 37, who announced he was leaving the show earlier this month, told how he displayed symptoms of the virus earlier this year.
Speaking to The Sun, Kevin explained that he began to feel ill during rehearsals for The Wedding Singer musical, and had symptoms including fever and a cough.
Health: Kevin Clifton, 37, has revealed he believes he contracted coronavirus in January (pictured in March 2020)
‘I remember in January I was really ill, just before I started rehearsals for The Wedding Singer, the musical. I was really ill and then going into rehearsals I remember having really heavy flu.
‘I kept coughing all the time and I had a fever and they are some of the things they are talking about with Coronavirus. I am staying indoors and only going out for essentials like everyone else.
Putting safety first, Kevin has been self-isolating at home with his girlfriend and former Strictly celebrity partner Stacey Dooley.
Kevin added that is he alright now and is sure that there are a lot of people who are wondering if they had or have COVID-19 without knowing.
Staying at home: Putting safety first, Kevin has been self-isolating at home with his girlfriend and former Strictly celebrity partner Stacey Dooley, 33
He said: ‘I think it is the best thing to staying anyway at the moment as that is the best way we are going to help. Although I slightly wonder if I might have already had it at some point.’
Kevin’s admission comes after Stacey, 33, recently told how she is currently making a documentary about the ongoing pandemic.
The broadcaster took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a video urging her followers to get in touch with their own experiences of self-isolation, after the UK was placed in lockdown to try and prevent the spread of the virus.
Symptoms: Kevin explained that he began to feel ill during rehearsals for The Wedding Singer musical, and had symptoms including fever and a cough (pictured in February 2020)
In the lengthy video, Stacey explained that she was filming the documentary in her flat, but was still adhering to social distancing by ensuring that the cameraman stood at least two metres away.
She explained: ‘Hi gang, hello, I’m sire you’re sick of these videos that everyone is posting online, I’m working from home for obvious reasons, I’m making a documentary for BBC Three about coronavirus.’
Turning her phone towards cameraman Josh, she continued: ‘We’re desperate to hear how are you guys, how you’re getting on?
‘How are you staying sane, how are you being productive, would love to hear about the unsung heroes so those that are prioritising others, putting their owns concerns, their own needs to the one side and making sure that the older crowd, those who are a bit more vulnerable are looked after.
He said: ‘I kept coughing all the time and I had a fever and they are some of the things they are talking about with Coronavirus. I am staying indoors’ (pictured in March 2020)
‘You might be getting shopping you might be working with the homeless, you might be associated with some kind of charity some kind of NGO, food distribution, giving blood.’
‘The NHS workers on the front line we are so in awe of you we are so grateful, we recognise the severity of the situation, police, the supermarket workers everybody thank you so so much, I’d love to see your videos send us your clips quick bio what life is like now.’
Stacey finished the video by reassuring her followers that things will improve, and urged them to stay positive by embracing the little things during their self-isolation.
She added: ‘We know everyone is feeling very anxious, there’s a lot of uncertainty, let’s try and celebrate the small victories I suppose.
‘Yeah get in touch be apart of the doc. Take care stay safe we’ll hear from you soon.’
Production: Kevin’s admission comes after Stacey recently told how she is currently making a documentary about the ongoing pandemic (pictured together in February 2019)