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Hugh Grant Jokes That He’s ‘Rather Proud’ of His Coronavirus Antibodies After Secret Battle

Full recovery! Hugh Grant opened up about his private battle with the novel coronavirus after contracting the illness earlier this year.

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During a virtual interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, November 10, the 60-year-old British actor estimated that both he and his wife, Anna Eberstein, had the virus in February after receiving a positive antibody test months later.

“My wife and I had it way back in the winter. We have the antibodies, I’m rather proud of them. So we’re not going to get [again], I don’t think,” Grant explained as host Stephen Colbert appeared to grow concerned. “I still have those antibodies.”

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The Notting Hill star went into detail about his symptoms — including the tell-tale sign of losing his sense of smell.

“It started as just a very strange syndrome where I kept breaking into a terrible sweat. It was like a poncho of sweat, embarrassing really,” he continued. “Then my eyeballs felt about three sizes too big and this feeling as though some enormous man was sitting on my chest … I thought, ‘I don’t know what this is,’ and then I was walking down the street one day and I thought, ‘I can’t smell a damn thing.’ You start to panic.”

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Grant then began “sniffing flowers” as an attempt at self-diagnosing himself. “You get more and more desperate,” he joked. “I started sniffing in garbage cans. You know, you want to sniff strangers’ armpits because you just can’t smell anything. … I eventually went home and sprayed my wife’s Chanel No. 5 directly into my face. Couldn’t smell a thing, but I did go blind!”

The Love Actually star wed Eberstein, 41, in May 2018 and is the father of five children. In October, Grant teased that he’s had to get a little creative with the extra time he’s been able to spend with his kids while at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“I started by cutting my daughter’s Barbie’s hair out of sheer boredom, and I discovered I was extremely talented,” he said on Good Morning America at the time. “Then I started cutting my children’s hair, whether they wanted a haircut or not. I just strapped them to a chair and cut their hair. … I would say I’m enchanting, but I don’t know what the children would say.”

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