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Salma Hayek reveals she almost died during secret battle with COVID-19, was begged to go to hospital


Salma Hayek has revealed her secret battle with COVID-19 early on in the pandemic which was near fatal.

The 54-year-old actress is featured on the cover story for the latest issue of Variety as she detailed her fight against the coronavirus.

The star said that at one point she was even put on oxygen and spent about seven weeks isolated in a room of her house.

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Icon: Salma Hayek is featured on the cover story for the latest issue of Variety as she detailed her near-fatal fight against COVID-19

She told the publication: ‘My doctor begged me to go to the hospital because it was so bad.

‘I said, “No, thank you. I’d rather die at home.”‘

Hayek lives in London with her husband,  Kering CEO FrançoisHenri Pinault, and their 13-year-old daughter Valentina.

'No, thank you. I'd rather die at home': The 54-year-old actress said her doctor begged her to go to the hospital but she declined, Hayek is seen at the Golden Globes in February

‘No, thank you. I’d rather die at home’: The 54-year-old actress said her doctor begged her to go to the hospital but she declined, Hayek is seen at the Golden Globes in February

Though the harshest effects of the infectious disease are behind her, she has experienced some long-term effects including that she still feels fatigued.

Due to that lack of energy, she said that her first job – which happens to be House Of Gucci with Adam Driver and Lady Gaga – after the secret battle was a proper amount of work for her.

‘It was not a lot of time,’ Hayek said of the shoot. ‘I had started doing Zooms at one point, but I could only do so many because I would get so tired.’ 

Had enough: Back in November, Hayek hilariously posted a video montage of her nose being swabbed for COVID-19 tests.

Had enough: Back in November, Hayek hilariously posted a video montage of her nose being swabbed for COVID-19 tests.

Part of the job: The actress, seemingly sick of getting repeated COVID-19 tests, shared a montage of her nose being swabbed on multiple occasions

Part of the job: The actress, seemingly sick of getting repeated COVID-19 tests, shared a montage of her nose being swabbed on multiple occasions

Eek: The Mexican born beauty captioned the clip: 'I've had it. Ya estoy harta. J'en ai marre. #coronavaccine #corona'

Eek: The Mexican born beauty captioned the clip: ‘I’ve had it. Ya estoy harta. J’en ai marre. #coronavaccine #corona’

Back in November, Hayek hilariously posted a video montage of her nose being swabbed for COVID-19 tests. 

Clearly not a fan of the procedure, the Frida star can be seen wincing as the swab is pushed far up into her nasal cavity, again and again.

The Mexican born beauty captioned the clip: ‘I’ve had it. Ya estoy harta. J’en ai marre. #coronavaccine #corona’.

'It was not a lot of time': Due to that lack of energy, she said that her first job - which happens to be House Of Gucci with Adam Driver and Lady Gaga (pictured) - after the secret battle was a proper amount of work for her

‘It was not a lot of time’: Due to that lack of energy, she said that her first job – which happens to be House Of Gucci with Adam Driver and Lady Gaga (pictured) – after the secret battle was a proper amount of work for her 

 Hayek also discussed the aftermath of writing an essay for The New York Times in 2017 about the abuse she faced from Harvey Weinstein while making her 2002 film Frida, for which she earned an Oscar nomination.

At the time, Hayek alleged in the piece that he propositioned her to take a shower with him, also offering her oral sex.

As she mentioned earlier in the interview that she did not like to talk about her own suffering she said the essay writing experience was ‘Excruciating! That’s why it took me so long. It was so hard because I chose not to be a victim even though I was a victim. 

'It was so hard because I chose not to be a victim even though I was a victim': Hayek also discussed the aftermath of writing an essay for The New York Times in 2017 about the abuse she faced from Harvey Weinstein (seen in February 2020 in New York)

‘It was so hard because I chose not to be a victim even though I was a victim’: Hayek also discussed the aftermath of writing an essay for The New York Times in 2017 about the abuse she faced from Harvey Weinstein (seen in February 2020 in New York)

‘I had to convince myself that I’m a fighter and above all else, a survivor. When all this happened with the Harvey story, I didn’t know that it happened to so many women. I went into such a depression for months. It really took an army of women to make me see I was true survivor, and a true fighter.

‘When I wrote it, I didn’t even know if I was really going to show it to anyone. I kept saying, “Who wants to hear my story? Why am I giving myself self-importance?” They had been asking me for it from the beginning, but I put it down on paper just for me.’

She went on to say that the support of her husband Pinault helped her get through he depression.

Hayek explained: ‘Although he was shocked that I didn’t tell him the details of what I had gone through, and he was upset that I didn’t tell him and that we were around [Weinstein], he was amazing. A lot of people were upset with me. 

Tremendous trio: Hayek could next be seen alongside Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson in The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard which is set for release on June 16

Tremendous trio: Hayek could next be seen alongside Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson in The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard which is set for release on June 16

‘Friends were upset with me that I didn’t tell them what really happened. Then I thought, I have to do it. Afterwards, a lot of people wrote to me. A lot from the industry said, “This happened to me.”‘

Hayek could next be seen alongside Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson in The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard which is set for release on June 16. 

She is also starring with Angelina Jolie, Brian Tyree Henry, Kumail Nanjiani, Gemma Chan, and Richard Madden in Chloe Zhao directed Marvel film, Eternals, which is set for release on November 5.

Highly-anticipated: She is also starring with Angelina Jolie, Brian Tyree Henry, Kumail Nanjiani, Gemma Chan, and Richard Madden in Chloe Zhao directed Marvel film, Eternals, which is set for release on November 5

Highly-anticipated: She is also starring with Angelina Jolie, Brian Tyree Henry, Kumail Nanjiani, Gemma Chan, and Richard Madden in Chloe Zhao directed Marvel film, Eternals, which is set for release on November 5



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