80s pop star Sinitta has revealed she received help from pal Simon Cowell while laying low with the coronavirus - saying he knew she was unwell due to a “weird connection” she shares with him.
The So Macho singer contracted the virus after playing a “sweaty” club gig before lockdown and social distancing measures were implemented.
The condition left feeling like she had “swallowed a packet of razorblades” and like a “20-stone man” was on her chest.
But while recovering, she hadn’t told anyone she was unwell and had a call off former lover Cowell out of the blue.
Sinitta told The Mirror: “I was in bed for about a week. I didn’t tell Simon I was ill but it wasn’t long before he got in touch.
“We speak quite frequently. I didn’t call as I didn’t want him worried – I thought, ‘Well, there’s nothing he can do’.
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“When he got through, Simon said, ‘You’ve got it [the virus] haven’t you?’ And I said, ‘How do you know?’ He said, ‘I knew it. I could just tell because you disappeared. I knew you didn’t want to worry me.’
"He told me, ‘We have this weird connection, I can just tell when something’s wrong’.”
Sinitta told how she played a gig at nightspot The Eagle in South London in the middle of March.
Though the star had been spotted weeks leading up to the gig wearing personal protection equipment, she revealed she performed without it and she and fans were “hugging and kissing” in a “sweaty, closed space” as “there was no social distancing at that point”.
Upon hearing she was unwell, Cowell sent a private medical team to her home to make sure she was OK and let family and friends know so they could stay safely away.
Cowell was back on our screens this weekend with the return of pre-recorded episodes of Britain’s Got Talent.