Hugh Grant has revealed he and wife Anna Eberstein contracted coronavirus in February, describing his symptoms as a ‘poncho of sweat’ and a feeling as though ‘Harvey Weinstein was sitting on his chest’.
The actor, 60, explained he still had antibodies for COVID-19 when he tested a month ago as he discussed the virus during an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
He said: ‘It started as just a very strange syndrome where I kept breaking into a terrible sweat.
Candid: Hugh Grant has revealed he and wife Anna Eberstein contracted coronavirus in February (pictured in January 2019)
‘It was like a poncho of sweat, embarrassing really. Then my eyeballs felt about three sizes too big and this… a feeling as though an enormous man was sitting on my chest, Harvey Weinstein or someone.’
He added: ‘I’ve had an antibody test, only a month ago. I still have those antibodies, so I know that’s what it was.’
Hugh admitted he felt ‘proud’ of his antibodies and hopes that he won’t contract the potentially deadly virus again in the future.
Ouch: Hugh described his symptoms as a ‘poncho of sweat’ and a feeling as though ‘Harvey Weinstein was sitting on his chest’
The Undoing star revealed that he began to panic when he was unable to smell anything, around the time medics started to link it as a coronavirus symptom.
Hugh tried to sniff potent scents such as flowers and and his wife’s Chanel No.5 perfume but was unable to smell any of it.
The actor shares three young children with his wife, Swedish TV producer Anna, including a son John, eight, and a daughter, four, whose name is not known.
He closely guards his private life and has not revealed the gender of his youngest child, born in 2018.
Relieved: Hugh admitted he felt ‘proud’ of his antibodies and hopes that he won’t contract the potentially deadly virus again in the future (pictured with Anna in October)
Hugh also has two other children with his former on-off ex-girlfriend, receptionist Tinglan Hong, daughter Tabitha, nine, and son Felix, seven.
The Notting Hill star described fatherhood as both ‘the worst and best’ time in his life when speaking to the Radio Times.
He said: ‘Anyone with young children would probably agree that it’s simultaneously the worst time in your life and the best. On a day-to-day basis, as you tread on another broken toy with a hangover, it’s just awful.
‘But when you look back at the photographs on your iPhone, you realise, “Oh, I have been extremely happy. This is very nice”.’
Struggles: The Undoing star revealed that he began to panic when he was unable to smell anything, around the time medics started to link it as a coronavirus symptom
Hugh, who is starring as a father in new miniseries The Undoing, has had five children in nine years after previously living a carefree lifestyle.
But the Four Weddings and A Funeral actor previously told Virgin Radio that his perceptions of having children were ‘plain wrong’ during his days of being a bachelor.
He said: ‘Children, you know. I used to roll my eyes. People would say, “Oh Hugh you don’t understand it”, but they were right.’
In September 2011, his then-girlfriend Tinglan, a receptionist, gave birth to his daughter Tabitha. A year after Tabitha was born he had a son, John, with Anna.
The following year he broke up with Anna and reunited with Tinglan, with whom he had Felix.
‘I’ve been having a child every Thursday recently,’ he remarked dryly at the time.
In December 2015, while back with Anna, he had his fourth, a second girl, whose name has not been revealed.
He and Anna then had another child, also so far unnamed in public, in early 2018 and married in May of that year.
Current project: Hugh, who is starring as a father in new miniseries The Undoing, has had five children in nine years after previously living a carefree lifestyle