Peter Andre has revealed he’s been accused to faking his battle with COVID-19 by trolls, who have also suggested he’s been paid by the government to lie.
The singer, 47, has disclosed that he’s been inundated with messages from naysayers after he told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid about his experience during an appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain alongside his wife Emily, 31, last week.
He wrote in his latest column for New! magazine: ‘I was chatting to them about my recovery from coronavirus and some of the trolling I’ve received from conspiracy theorists. One person said I “disgust” them and I’m a “puppet for the media”.
Accusations: Peter Andre has revealed he’s been accused to faking his battle with COVID-19 by trolls, who have also suggested he’s been paid by the government to lie
‘I’m actually getting more and more of those messages. I’m shocked people believe I’m being paid by the media or the government to say something. It’s bizarre! I think even if I put up my message from the NHS saying I was positive they would still think it’s fake.’
He also revealed that he’s still not completely recovered, adding: ‘I thought all my symptoms would have gone by now, but I still haven’t got any sense of smell back and I’m still getting headaches. Hopefully I’ll be feeling 100 per cent again soon.’
During his appearance on GMB last week, Peter and Emily reflected on his battle with the coronavirus, as he said he was ‘absolutely convinced’ he didn’t have its at first.
Detailing how he felt at the time, Peter began: ‘It’s quite unbelievable everyone has different symptoms, don’t ignore your symptoms because they’re not all going to be the same.
Telling all: The 47-year-old singer has been open about his battle with the virus in recent days
‘To the point when I had symptoms and I was absolutely convinced I didn’t have the virus, even you were convinced right?’
Emily then chimed in: ‘It wasn’t textbook how it presented in you, and it was a lesson for us that you have to be vigilant of your symptoms.’
Peter told co-presenters Piers and Susanna that he had a temperature, body aches, and a cough that was persistent enough for him to be concerned and get a test.
‘The key thing is once I went and got the test we self-isolated for ten days so we knew once we got the positive result that in that ten days we could not infect anyone else, and that was massive for us,’ he explained.
‘I was absolutely convinced I didn’t have the virus’: Last week, Peter reflected on his battle with COVID-19 on Tuesday’s GMB as he revealed even doctor wife Emily wasn’t sure he had it at first
‘There were a couple of [bad] days, but people have had it far worse than me, one of my cousins is still on oxygen now, he’s worse than me so it goes to show everyone has different symptoms, you can’t ignore it, you cant.’
Peter explained that his cousin continues to suffer from coronavirus and has been on oxygen since before the singer contracted the virus.
‘My cousin and his son were sick, they were both sick, both in hospital, and both on oxygen and his son was younger than me,’ he said.
‘Psychologically, what this is doing to a lot of people, we are so scared about what is going to happen and how it’s going to affect people.
Advice: Emily claimed Peter’s symptoms weren’t ‘textbook’ but they got tested to be safe and discovered he was positive, as she said: ‘It was a lesson for us that you have to be vigilant’
‘When I heard my cousin was still in hospital now it really brought it home how serious this is.
‘I get people I kid you not, I had someone yesterday said to me yesterday ‘I can’t believe you’re being a puppet for the media trying to tell people this virus is real, you disgust me.”
Emily concurred as she added: ‘I think sometimes you can’t persuade some people if they’re so fixed this is a big conspiracy. How many horror stories do we need to hear, how many frontline workers do we need to hear from for it to be real?’
Emily, who has been working on the frontline as a NHS doctor, was scheduled to have the vaccine last week, and she said that while she was looking forward to it she was happy for those who are vulnerable to go ahead of her.
Be careful: The couple urged viewers to not ‘ignore their symptoms’ as they said, ‘There were a couple of [bad] days, but people have had it far worse than me’
She explained: ‘I thought I’d wait until I can have it and just be on standby so I look forward to it.’
When Piers asked her about the potential 12-week wait to have the second booster, she said: ‘For me, I don’t feel worried, I am in position where I’m relatively young and healthy so from my perspective I was feeling there are others who need it more.
‘In terms of the second dose I do feel happy if I get just one dose, research shows that even if you get the virus after 12 weeks you still have protection, to me it’s about getting [the vaccine].’
While he is no longer suffering from coronavirus, Peter said that he still hasn’t recovered his sense of smell and was ‘completely puffed out’ when he went on a short bike ride with his family.
Struggle: While he is no longer suffering from coronavirus, Peter said that he still hasn’t recovered his sense of smell and was ‘completely puffed out’ when he went on a short bike ride
Shocked by the after effects of the disease, he admitted: ‘I’m 47, I exercise and I feel quite good, and I had a doctor in the house and there were some nights where I woke up where I’m finding it hard to breathe and she’s saying its okay its anxiety.’
Emily chimed in: ‘It’s because you see it in the media, where you see young people have it so it makes you worry.’
The Mysterious Girl hitmaker then added: ‘Imagine elderly people who are on their own, imagine how they feel?’
Peter, whose battle with the virus was revealed earlier this month, recently said his own battle had left him wanting to sleep constantly as he shared a clip of himself slumbering at home.
The star captioned a recent clip: ‘One thing I will say with this virus. It makes you want to sleep, sleep, sleep.’
In the video, Peter, who wore a face mask, was seen clad in a white hoodie and jeans as he rested on the sofa.
The singer had previously kept quiet about COVID-19 on social media, instead posting presents and balloons for his daughter Amelia’s seventh birthday earlier this month, but was said to be feeling ‘extremely tired’.
Pete’s representatives told MailOnline: ‘Peter has Covid but is coping OK at present.’
Struggle: In his New! magazine column, Peter admitted that he still hadn’t regained his sense of smell and ‘was foggy in the head’ even after recovering from coronavirus