Babyface reveals coronavirus battle on his 62nd birthday: ‘It’s an incredibly scary thing’


Baby Face attends ABC’s Dancing With the Stars: Athletes” season 26 show on Apri 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Allen Berezovsky, Getty Images

BY: Cydney Henderson USA TODAY

April 10, 2020

Babyface is feeling more grateful than ever on his birthday after an “incredibly scary” battle with the coronavirus. 

The Grammy award-winning music producer, whose real name is Kenneth Edmonds, reflected on his COVID-19 diagnosis on his 62nd birthday Friday.

“I feel so blessed to be able to celebrate another birthday,” he wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. “I tested positive for the Covid19 virus, as did my family. It’s an incredibly scary thing to go through my friends.”

Although Babyface didn’t provide a timeline on his diagnosis, the singer-songwriter added that he and his family are no longer positive for the contagious virus.

 “I’m happy to report we have now tested negative and are on our way back to full health.”

He urged everyone to “stay home” and “stay safe.”

Following his health update, Babyface shared some positive news: He accepted an invitation from Swizz Beatz and Timbaland to have an Instagram Live music battle with fellow record producer Teddy Riley.

“Teddy!!! Let’s show them what Hip Hop/R&B music really means to the world,” he added.

Babyface is the latest celebrity to contract the coronavirus, joining Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Pink, Idris Elba, and many more who have come forward with their diagnoses. 


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