Ashanti Tests Positive for COVID, Verzuz Battle with Keyshia Cole Postponed

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JULY 05: Ashanti reacts during SiriusXM's Radio Andy Channel Broadcast from Essence Festival at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 05, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

R&B legend, Ashanti announced via social media that she tested positive for COVID-19.

“Hey ya’ll I cant believe I’m saying this but I tested positive for COVID-19,” Ashanti posted via her Intagram account.

“I’m ok and not in any pain. I’m actually down to do the verzuz from my house…we’re trying to figure it out.”

Earlier today, popular celebrity news source, The Jasmine Brand, broke the story of the verzuz battle being postponed and shared that it was a covid-related incident involving Ashanti’s inner circle.

Complex Confirmed after The Jasmine Brand: “Ashanti has tested positive for COVID-19 and tonight’s Verzuz battle might not go down.”

Ashanti’s announcement brings more clarity. Keyshia Cole has not yet commented on the matter as of yet.

In fact, she’s been promoting tonight’s verzuz via her social media.

“Oh you KNOW we had to come wit the merch,” she posted on Instagram.

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“Link in bio. Merch collab by @ntwrk. #Verzuz Saturday night at 8pm ET on @applemusic in HD.”

Per Essence: The news of the face off was first teased on December 4 when Cole shared that she would be participating in an upcoming battle via Instagram live. Fans speculated about who she could go up against, and some called it by saying that Ashanti would be the best opponent for her.

While Cole has not commented publicly just yet, music fans anticipating the showdown between Cole and Ashanti expressed their displeasure on social media.

“Ashanti if your woulda stayed your butt at HOME we wouldn’t have this problem,” one user wrote.

“So you mean to tell me HOURS BEFORE this epic showdown and on a SATURDAY, Ashanti just now finds out she has COVID,” another user wrote.

“I done canceled on everybody to get ready for Ashanti and Keyshia #VERZUZ battle and now it’s POSTPONED CHILEEE,” another frustrated Twitter user said.

The commentary continues:

“Dammit Ashanti… you had ONE job… lol Well on that note, I guess I’ll pour me a glass of wine and turn on Apple Music lol #Verzuz.”

“Ashanti been baby baby babying her ass all across the globe leading up to today. I’m not shocked Miss Rona hopped in the carryon but I’m glad she’s okay!”

“Somebody get Ashanti team on the phone, Ima get that Rona right up outta her.”

A Grammy winner and native of the Long Island, New York suburb of Glen Cove, Ashanti’s celebrity was at an all-time high in the early 2000 when she performed under Ja Rule and Irv Gotti’s Murder Inc.

As of March 2014, Ashanti has released six studio albums, twenty-four singles, and twenty-one music videos on her record labels Murder Inc., Def Jam, and Motown.

Ashanti’s hits include Foolish, Rain On Me, Rock Wit U, Happy, Baby, Down 4 U and What’s Luv?

A native of Oakland, California, Keyshia Cole is a four-time Grammy nominated artist. To date, Cole has recorded seven studio albums, six soundtrack Albums, eight featured singles and 16 singles.

Hits from Cole include I Should Have Cheated, Heaven Sent, Shoulda Let You Get Go.

No word yet as to when Ashanti and Keyshia Cole’s verzus battle will be re-scheduled.


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