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Antonio Banderas’ Birthday News Outs 2020 as a Morbid Game of Mad Libs

Antonio Banderas is trending on his 60th birthday - but not because Twitter users are filling his feed with well-wishes.

  • Antonio Banderas celebrated his 60th birthday today.
  • In an emotional social media post, he revealed he tested positive for COVID-19.
  • It’s the latest proof 2020 has become a depressing round of Mad Libs.

Happy birthday, Antonio Banderas! The legendary actor turned 60 years old today, and so many fans sent him well-wishes that he became a trending topic on Twitter.

Well, not exactly – because 2020 is turning into a depressing game of Mad Libs, he’s actually trending for another reason.

Antonio Banderas Tested Positive for COVID-19

In a recent social media post, the “Zorro” actor revealed that he’d tested positive for COVID-19. Fortunately, his symptoms have been manageable. He said he was merely “resting” and in quarantine.

Video: Some Fans Aren’t Taking the Latest News About Antonio Banderas Too Well

Banderas wrote in Spanish (translation via Variety):

I want to make it public that today, Aug. 10, I am forced to celebrate my 60th birthday in quarantine, having tested positive for the COVID-19 disease, caused by the coronavirus. I would like to add that I feel relatively good, just a little more tired than usual, and am confident that I will recover as soon as possible following medical instructions that I hope will allow me to overcome the infectious period that I am suffering, and that is affecting so many people around the planet. I will take advantage of this isolation to read, write, rest and continue making plans to begin to give meaning to my 60 years, to which I arrive full of enthusiasm. A big hug to everyone.

It’s inspirational that Antonio Banderas had such a positive reaction to his diagnosis. And it’s precisely what we’ve come to expect from him.

Banderas Continues to Take Health Scares in Stride

Last year, Banderas – who suffered a heart attack in 2017 – called the health scare “the best thing to ever happen to me.

Video: This Isn’t Antonio Banderas’ First Health Scare

Even after the heart attack, he refused to fully retire, because he didn’t want to live like a dead man. That’s the same approach he’s taking to his new diagnosis.

Far too many people have suffered a terrible fate due to COVID-19. The fact that Antonio Banderas seems to be taking it all in stride – and has a slate of films coming up – is one of the sole bright lights that 2020, the year that has become like a morbid game of Mad Libs, has to offer.

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Last modified: September 23, 2020 2:19 PM

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