TOWIE star Bobby Norris opens up about "scary" coronavirus experience

Dan Seddon
·3-min read
Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

From Digital Spy

The Only Way Is Essex favourite Bobby Norris has opened up about his experience of contracting COVID-19.

The 34-year-old explained that he caught coronavirus in late 2020 and subsequently spent most of the Christmas holidays in bed.

Recalling what it was like, Bobby told today's (February 11) Loose Women panel: "I've honestly never felt so rough in my life, like it wiped me out for a good two weeks.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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"I was in bed sleeping [for] about 14 hours a day, all through Christmas, all through New Year, completely just... rough.

"Back in March, when this was first being spoken about, we [were] kind of led to believe that this was only really affecting the elderly and the vulnerable.

"I consider myself to be a fit man – I'm early 30s – and I never thought for a minute that if I got COVID it would affect me how it did."

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Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images

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By "day four or five", Bobby's breathing was in a really bad way, which he found understandably "scary".

"Come nighttime, when you go to lay down and you can't draw breath, it does panic you," he noted.

The reality TV star also revealed that he was even accused by trolls of being paid by the government to fake his illness, in order to influence his large social media following.

Bobby joked of the "bizarre" claims: "I can assure you Boris [Johnson] didn't slide into my DMs and say, 'Bob, fancy five grand?'"

He went on to explain that he has trained as a volunteer vaccinator in an effort to ease the pressure on the NHS during the UK's COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

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