Pink didn’t reveal her positive COVID-19 diagnosis until this past Friday, April 3 — two weeks after she and her son fell ill, and after they were both already feeling better and had re-tested negative. And that was probably a brilliant move on her part; she let her kid (and herself) heal in peace without a constant bombardment of check-ins, however well-meaning, from fans and friends alike.
“Two weeks ago my three-year old son, Jameson, and I are were showing symptoms of COVID-19,” Pink wrote on her Instagram. “Fortunately, our primary care physician had access to tests and I tested positive. My family was already sheltering at home and we continued to do so for the last two weeks following the instruction of our doctor. Just a few days ago we were re-tested and are now thankfully negative.”
She gave fans another update on April 2, when she appeared on an Instagram live stream with Jen Pastiloff. She told viewers that while she and Jameson are both on the mend (“I’m feeling better!” he said to the camera), it was Jameson who was hit the hardest with coronavirus symptoms. Meanwhile, both her 8-year-old daughter Willow and husband Carey Hart have remained healthy.
“My three-year-old Jameson, who you just saw, had the worst of it,” Pink said after Jameson’s appearance on Pastiloff’s Instagram live. “There were many nights where I’ve cried and I’ve never prayed more in my life.”
She also noted that even though he’s no longer COVID-19 positive, Jameson still has a temperature — even weeks after the fact. “Jameson’s been really really sick. I’ve kept a journal of his symptoms for the last three weeks and mine as well. He still, three weeks later, has a 100 temperature. It’s been a roller coaster — it’s been a different roller coaster for both of us.”
The silver lining of all of this, however, is definitely Pink’s $1 million donation to coronavirus relief efforts, including the Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, where Pink’s own mother worked for nearly two decades — and the fact that when 8-year-old Willow heard about this, she immediately made a donation herself.
“Tonight, I had told her I made a donation to the hospital that her grandma, her mom mom, worked at for 18 years. And she went out, got her money that she made on tour and got it together,” Pink said on the Instagram live; Willow had been employed on tour assisting Pink’s dancers with their backstage changes (and she even asked for a raise!).
“And I was like, ‘What are you doing?'” Pink continued. “And she was like, ‘I want to give my money to the hospital too.’ So, she gave me all her tour money. I didn’t even ask her. And I started crying, and then she got mad at me for crying because apparently I cry too much. I was so proud of her in this moment, and I just wanted to share that, dude, our kids are so aware and so rad and so resilient and amazing and they are going to heal the world. I’m so proud of my children. I’m so proud of all of our children right now.”
Ugh, Willow. Now we’re crying too. We’re also, like Pink, so very proud of all our kids right now — even those who can’t afford to give back financially. The rest of our kids are still busting their asses at homeschooling homework and home chores and home-getting-along-with-siblings and letting parents work from home and…
We’re all trying our damned best right now, that’s for sure. Thanks to Pink and Willow for the reminder of the healthcare workers on the front lines who are the true reason we all continue to #stayhome. And here’s hoping sweet Jameson is down to 98.6 degrees in no time.
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