Luke Bryan Tests Positive for COVID-19
Luke Bryan has tested positive for COVID-19. The singer and American Idol judge reveals that the diagnosis will force him to miss time on the reality television show, beginning with Monday night's (April 12) episode on ABC.
Bryan shared the news on social media on Monday morning, saying "I’m sad to say I won’t be a part of tonight’s first live @AmericanIdol show. I tested positive for COVID but I’m doing well and look forward to being back at it soon."
The positive COVID-19 diagnosis comes after a flurry of media activity to promote both Season 19 of American Idol and the deluxe version of his latest album Born Here Live Here Die Here, released last Friday (April 9). Bryan appeared in person to talk to Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and also performed.
Live episodes of American Idol were slated to begin on Monday — meaning Bryan could have been in L.A. at the time of his diagnosis. It's not clear if he came into contact with anyone else associated with the show beforehand. All previous Season 19 episodes were recorded many weeks ago.
Bryan lives in Nashville with his wife and two sons, Bo and Tate. He is slated to begin his spring 2021 tour in May, although he hasn't promoted the tour in any way, leaving some to speculate that he too may push it back another few months, or even into 2022, as Kenny Chesney did.
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