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Salma Hayek’s private bout with COVID-19 almost took her life, she revealed in a new interview.
The 54-year-old Oscar winner told Variety about her near-fatal battle with the virus early in the pandemic, saying she spent about seven weeks isolated in a room of the UK home she shares with husband, Kering CEO François-Henri Pinault, 58, and their 13-year-old daughter, Valentina.
“My doctor begged me to go to the hospital because it was so bad,” Hayek told the publication via Zoom call. “I said, ‘No, thank you. I’d rather die at home.’”
Hayek, who was on oxygen for a period during her illness, has yet to fully regain the energy she once had.
Thankfully, her next role in Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci,” as the clairvoyant who was convicted of helping Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga) orchestrate the 1995 killing of her ex-husband Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), didn’t require much of a time commitment.
It was just what she needed to ease back into regular work post-recovery.
“It was not a lot of time,” Hayek said. “It was easy. It was the perfect job to just get back into it. I had started doing Zooms at one point, but I could only do so many because I would get so tired.”
Hayek joins an exhaustive list of celebrities to contract and recover from COVID, including good friend Antonio Banderas, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Kevin Hart, Kanye West, Neil Patrick Harris, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Alyssa Milano.
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