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Singer J Balvin says Covid-19 ‘almost killed me’

J Balvin said he was seriously ill with Covid-19 (Picture: Getty)

J Balvin says fighting off the effects of Covid-19 ‘almost killed’ him as he spoke out about contracting the virus last year.

Accepting his Premios Juventud award virtually in August 2020, the Colombian star warned fans that the virus is ‘real and dangerous’ as he revealed he was trying to recover.

He reflected on that difficult and scary time in more detail during an appearance at the Global Citizen Vax Live live-streamed concert at the weekend, encouraging people in his home nation to have the vaccine.

He also performed tracks Otra Noche Sin Ti and Tu Veneno at the event, standing on a rotating moon and accompanied by dancers.

He revealed, according to Billboard: ‘I had Covid before. It almost killed me, we don’t want people to feel what I felt.

‘I want people to really know they have to vaccinate for themselves, for others, for the world.’

The Colombian star urged people to have the vaccine to protect others (Picture: Getty)

Speaking from his home in Medellin last year, the Mi Gente star, 35, urged his fans to take coronavirus seriously.

Revealing he was just getting over the worst, he said: ‘These have been very difficult days, very complicated. Sometimes we won’t think that we’ll get it but I got it and I got it bad.

‘My message to those that follow me, young fans and people in general is to take care. This isn’t a joke. The virus is real and it’s dangerous.’

He performed on a rotating moon at the online concert Vax Live (Picture: Getty)

Global Citizen’s Vax Live concert called for equality with the coronavirus vaccine, and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry served as Campaign Chairs of the event.

Making her first TV appearance since sitting down with Oprah Winfrey for an explosive tell-all interview in March, the Duchess spoke about her second pregnancy in a pre-recorded message.

‘My husband and I are thrilled to soon be welcoming a daughter,’ Meghan said.

‘It’s a feeling of joy we share with millions of other families around the world. When we think of her, we think of all the young women and girls around the globe who must be given the ability and the support to lead us forward.’

It was hosted by Selena Gomez and included performances from Jennifer Lopez, H.E.R, Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder and NCT 127.

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