Daniel Radcliffe and his girlfriend Erin Danke have been sheltered up in their apartment for 11 days, and in a recent interview with Vulture, they speak about how it felt to be the first celebrity couple who were confirmed to have had the coronavirus. Luckily, it turned out to just be one big hoax.
In case you missed it, Daniel Radcliffe was allegedly the very first celebrity to have contracted the coronavirus. The Daniel Radcliffe hoax began to do the rounds online from a rogue Twitter account by the name of "BBCNewsTonight".
Buzzfeed managed to track down the 33 anonymous people who created the account, who said of their actions: “It was funny, that they were manipulating people’s minds, and that the internet was lowering people’s IQ."
In an interview conducted from the safety of their own home recently, Daniel Radcliffe and Erin Darke spoke of what they're getting up to as they pass their time indoors, and where they were when they found out they had "contracted" coronavirus.
The couple have been self-isolating in Daniel's New York apartment for the past 11 days, checking off each day on their post-it wall, a "prison checklist" they've called it - but much more colourful, we'd assume.
The meatiest part of the interview is when the Daniel Radcliffe hoax is told to the man who is supposed to have had contracted the virus. When he heard of the information, Daniel was taking part in pre-scheduled press for his new West End play, Samuel Beckett's 'Endgame', starring opposite Alan Cumming. He said:
"We’d done the matinee and I went into hair and makeup for the evening show, and the hair and makeup artist, a lovely guy called Rob, turned around with a sort of knowing smile, and he was like, 'You’ve got coronavirus.' I was like, 'What?! I’m sure I don’t. I just did a play.' And he said, 'Yeah, my niece just texted me. She said, ‘Oh, yeah, that dude’s got coronavirus.' It was very much like, 'Watch yourself. I don’t know if you should work with this guy. He’s got coronavirus'.
"So I was immediately like, quite amused by it. It’s not the first time I’ve had something crazy written about me. I don’t ever think there’s been a rumour about me that was so topical, that was pivoting off the news. Most of it before has been random stuff that British newspapers have said. So this one was slightly odd. But then you end up having to text a bunch of people saying, 'No, I don’t have coronavirus, I’m fine'."
Erin then said what it was like for her to hear of the fake news. She said:
"I was on a plane back from visiting him. As soon as the plane landed, I turned my phone on and I had all these texts like, 'Tell me the internet’s wrong!' 'Is Daniel okay?' I was like, 'What the f*ck is happening?' And finally a couple people texted me, 'Oh, it was a hoax, never mind.' But I also had a text from Dan asking what he should do with the Invisalign that I accidentally left in the retainer when I left. I was like, 'I think he’s okay?'"
You can read the full interview about the Daniel Radcliffe hoax over at Vulture.