Will Young 'struck' by COVID just before Christmas: 'Almost got away with it'

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Will Young has revealed that he's tested positive for the coronavirus just before Christmas.

The singer posted a photo of himself looking disgruntled to his Instagram Stories on Tuesday, noting he had been "struck" by the virus.

“Covid strikes !!! Almost got away with it…” the 41-year-old wrote.

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Will Young performs live on the BBCs 'The One Show' on the evening of the launch of his new album ‘Lexicon’ in the courtyard at BBC Broadcasting House on June 21, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
Will Young has coronavirus. (Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
Will Young said he 'almost got away' with not contracting COVID before Christmas. (Instagram/Will Young)
Will Young said he 'almost got away' with not contracting COVID before Christmas. (Instagram/Will Young)

The Pop Idol winner’s revelation comes amid fear over the spread of a new mutant strain of the virus.

The new variant, which is said to be 70% more infectious than previous strains, has already spread around the UK, with cases identified in Wales and Scotland.

Young isn't the only star to recently share they had tested positive – Great British Bake Off finalist Laura Adlington and Peaky Blinders actor Sophie Rundle have also said they have caught it.

Adlington said on her Instagram Stories that it was a "ball ache" to get it right before Christmas, while Rundle also shared her news to the social media platform on Tuesday as she posted photos of herself in bed.

Meanwhile, singer Jess Glynne has disclosed that she lost her grandmother to coronavirus, describing it as a "horrific" time.

Explaining how it made her especially careful when it comes to COVID, she told The Mirror: “I’m really cautious in my movements because it is mad serious.

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“You see people being irresponsible and you can’t be. The staff who looked after my nan have been incredible. You aren’t allowed to see anyone and she was alone.

“It is just dark, people not getting to say their goodbyes.”

With additional reporting by PA.

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