Ashanti tests positive for COVID-19, postpones Verzuz battle with Keyshia Cole

Ashanti was supposed to square off Saturday for the “Legendary Ladies Night” Verzuz battle against Keyshia Cole, but the highly anticipated event was postponed because the “Foolish” singer tested positive for COVID-19.

“I can’t believe I’m saying this but I tested positive for COVID-19.  I’m okay and not in any pain,” Ashanti, 40, told fans shortly before the event was to take place and expressed hope that the battle would still go on. 

“I am actually down to do the verzuz from my house… we’re trying to figure it all out,” the Grammy winner explained.

Shortly after the update, the official Verzuz account announced that, despite Ashanti’s enthusiasm, the battle had to be pushed back to ensure the health and safety of all involved.

“Unfortunately, we have to postpone tonight’s @Ashanti vs @KeyshiaCole #VERZUZ. Ashanti tested positive for COVID-19 beforehand, and we cannot put anyone at risk in the process,” the account explained. “First time this has struck us so close to showtime. We apologize to our incredible audience!”

The rescheduled battle will now take place on Saturday, January 9 of next year on the Verzuz Instagram and on Apple Music at 8 p.m. ET.

“Get well soon, Ashanti,” The Verzuz account continued and issued a reminder to its five million followers about the ongoing pandemic.  “Wear a mask, stay inside, and take COVID-19 seriously. It’s truly affecting our community.”

Ashanti and Cole, who were excited to kick off the fourth female-fronted battle in series history, connected via Instagram live on Sunday to hype their rescheduled date.

“Your health is more important,” Cole told Ashanti, who was audibly clearing her throat through the nearly 40-minute video. “We’re gonna make it a good time.  We’re gonna make it a moment, so it’s all good!”


By Megan Stone
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