Babyface Isolated Himself In Studio For 17 Days After Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms: ‘Everything Hit Me’

The R&B legend said he doesn’t know how him or his wife contracted the illness.

R&B legend Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds detailed he and his wife's bout with coronavirus, revealing that he isolated himself in his studio for 17 days. 

  • Days before his highly-anticipated IG battle with Teddy Riley, the match was rescheduled and Babyface later revealed that he and his family tested positive for COVID-19 amid speculation.

    The music icon appeared on The View, safely in quarantine at his home, where he recounted the ordeal.

  •  “I don’t really know where we got it from or how we got it,” Babyface told co-host Whoopi Goldberg. He had just returned home to Los Angeles from a performance in Las Vegas at The Mirage when he “started to get a scratchy throat.” The 62-year-old immediately went to a doctor as soon as possible. [The doctor] told me it looks like it could be bacterial or viral,” Babyface recollected. Not wanting to put anyone else at risk, he isolated himself inside of his at-home studio.

    “By that night, suddenly, [a] fever came. Body aches, chills, night sweats, everything hit me,” Babyface recalled, adding his temperature would fluctuate around 101. That bout lasted for about six days. His wife, Nicole, started experiencing symptoms a few days later and they both got tested. Babyface said 10 days passed before they received a positive diagnosis, confirming his suspicions. 

  • “So, I was in the studio for about 17 days before I actually went back home,” he estimated. 

    Goldberg then asked him what he would say to those who are not taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously.

    “It’s real and it is weird because you don’t know how it’s gonna hit you, per say. But it can and the biggest thing is you don’t know where it comes from,” Babyface remarked. 

    “To this day, I still don't know how I got it and how Nicky got it, and we thank God we got through it,” he continued. “The main thing is it’s real and can happen.” 


  •  Babyface also revealed that his record-setting IG battle with Teddy Riley almost didn’t happen. He was initially hesitant to partake in the endeavor. “The idea of battling with music is not necessarily my kind of thing to begin with.” 

    Check out the rest of the interview to hear what Babyface said L.A. Reid and Diddy said that changed his mind.


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