Trey Songz has revealed that he recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The rapper born Tremaine Aldon Neverson broke the news in a video posted to his Instagram account yesterday. He confirmed that he had contracted COVID-19 and will treat the results seriously, noting that one out of every thousand Black American has died from the virus. “I’ve taken many tests as I’ve been out protesting [and at] food drives. [Because] I have a very young son at home, I get tested periodically and this time it, unfortunately, came back positive,” he said in the clip.
“I will be taking this seriously. I will be self-quarantining. I will be in my house until I see a negative sign,” he added before taking a swipe at President Donald Trump, who was also recently tested positive for the coronavirus. “If you come into contact with COVID, please do the same. Please don’t be like the President.”
In the video’s caption, Songz reminded his followers to practice proper safety hygiene, including wearing a mask and washing hands. Check out his full message on Instagram below:
The news comes shortly after Songz dropped a powerful new song titled “2020 Riots: How Many Times.” Released last Friday, the track was a collaboration between Songz and producer Troy Taylor in the wake of global Black Lives Matter protests.
“[I] called my producer, Troy Taylor and I said, ‘We’ve got to make music that really touches the soul, that really addresses what the world is feeling right now. Especially our people,’” the rapper said in a statement.
Songz is still expected to drop his new album Back Home later this week. Earlier today, he shared the LP’s tracklist which includes collaborations with Swae Lee, Ty Dolla $ign, Summer Walker and more. Check it out here: