Salma Hayek Reveals Near-Fatal Struggle With COVID-19: "I'd Rather Die At Home"
Published in May 2021 / Updated in Oct 2021
Mexican superstar, Salma Hayek, spoke about her near-death experience due to Covid-19 at the beginning of the pandemic.
Salma opened up about her experience with Variety, why she refused to go to the hospital and how long it took her to recover.
Hayek Had A Severe Case Of Covid-19 Infection
The 54-year-old actress spent most of 2020 in bed.
She was in isolation for seven weeks, and things got so bad that she ended up on oxygen. However, Salma refused to go to the hospital, despite the doctor's recommendations.
As she told the magazine:
"My doctor begged me to go to the hospital because it was so bad. I said, 'No, thank you. I'd rather die at home.'"
Salma did not disclose whether her husband François-Henri Pinault or her 13-year-old daughter Valentina also caught the virus.
Back To Work
Luckily for Salma and her family, she survived but continued to struggle with post-Covid symptoms. She stated that she felt like she had half the energy she did before contracting the disease.
Yet, this year is a new chapter since the actress is back on set.
We will see her in the new series, Ridley Scott's House of Gucci. Salma plays a clairvoyant who was convicted as an accomplice in Patrizia Reggiani's (played by Lady Gaga) murder plot against her ex-husband, Gucci heir Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver).
Hayek said that the role didn't require too much physical effort, which perfectly aligns with her doctor's orders.
"I had started doing Zooms at one point, but I could only do so many because I would get so tired."
We will also see Salma's new movie from 2019, The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, with Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. Though finished, this film's release date was pushed due to the pandemic.
This is a sequel to 2017's The Hitman's Bodyguard, and we are looking forward to both projects by the beloved actress and mom of one.