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The Colombian star opened up to his fans about how the disease worsened his mental health.

COVID-19 hit J Balvin hard. After telling fans about his coronavirus diagnosis on August 13 in a taped acceptance speech for Premios Juventud 2020, this Thursday the singer gave more details about his difficult experience with COVID-19 and how he’s still recovering from it. 

In a somber image posted to his Instagram page, J Balvin is seen with his head on his doctor’s shoulder. “This photo was taken by one of the doctors who were with me in the Covid-19 process…” J Blavin wrote, adding that the doctors were “family” to him. “I remember this photo because at that precise moment, I had all the symptoms and I lost hope, to the level that they thought about hospitalizing me.” 

The “Mi Gente” singer, who has shared his mental health issues in the past, including living with anxiety, said that having COVID-19 worsened his mental health. 

“I have suffered from anxiety and as a result of this event it became more potent, but I accept and face the aspects that affect my body and my mind and, I recognize that I am vulnerable and VERY fragile, before this and thousands of other situations,” he wrote.

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On Aug. 13, J Balvin accepted his award for the best music video for “Rojo” at the Premios Juventud 2020. It was then that he spoke about his COVID-19 recovery process and that dealing with the virus was still very challenging for him. 

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“At this moment, I’m just getting better from COVID-19,” he told viewers. “These have been very difficult days, very complicated. Sometimes we won’t think that we’ll get it but I got it and I got it bad.”

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He continued, “My message to those that follow me, young fans and people, in general, is to take care. This is no joke. The virus is real and it’s dangerous.”