Idris Elba has rubbished a “bulls***” cospiracy theory that celebrities are being paid to say they have coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Luther star previously released a statement saying he had tested positive for coronavirus and is currently in self-isolation wife Sabrina Dhowre Elba.

Elba said in a video posted on his Instagram stories: “This idea that someone like myself is gonna be paid to say I’ve got coronavirus? That’s absolute bulls***.

“Such stupidness. People wanna spread that as if it’s news. That’s stupid.

Idris Elba has rubbished a “bulls***” cospiracy theory that celebrities are being paid to say they have coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Luther star previously released a statement saying he had tested positive for coronavirus and is currently in self-isolation wife Sabrina Dhowre Elba.

Elba said in a video posted on his Instagram stories: “This idea that someone like myself is gonna be paid to say I’ve got coronavirus? That’s absolute bulls***.

“Such stupidness. People wanna spread that as if it’s news. That’s stupid.

It is believed Elba may have paid for a private test.

He said: “I think the debate about rich and poor and who’s getting it and who’s not, I think, is not a healthy debate.

“It’s like, I got a test but I also got Covid. Does that make me preferential? I don’t understand that.”

Elba added: “This isn’t a movie. I’m not an actor right now. I’m just a human being and I just happen to be in the public eye.

“So I want people to understand that this is very real.

“I don’t feel like I’m privileged because I got a test because I actually contracted it.”

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