‘It’s okay to cry’: Celebrities keep their distance to cope with coronavirus

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Pop star Ariana Grande is one of many celebrities pleading with the public to take social distancing seriously.
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The stars are not out these days.

Amid coronavirus fears, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Lizzo, Arnold Schwarzenegger and more celebrities are taking to social media to demonstrate social distancing and encourage others to follow their lead by staying home and avoiding crowded spaces.

Swift penned a message to her fans Sunday on Instagram, imploring Swifties to take CDC-recommended measures to “isolate” themselves in order to protect others.

Forget six degrees of separation. Elton John and David Beckham have joined actor Kevin Bacon’s social-distancing campaign to combat the spread of coronavirus.


“I follow you online and I love you guys so much and need to express my concern that things aren’t being taken seriously enough right now,” the “Lover” singer wrote on her Instagram story. “I’m seeing lots of get togethers and hangs and parties still happening.

“This is the time to cancel plans, actually truly isolate as much as you can, and don’t assume that because you don’t feel sick that you aren’t possibly passing something on to someone elderly or vulnerable to this. It’s a really scary time but we need to make social sacrifices right now.”

A screenshot of Taylor Swift's Instagram story.
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In a social media post captioned “please,” fellow pop phenom Grande warned against downplaying the severity of the pandemic and begged people — especially the young and healthy — to “care more about others. like now.”

“I keep hearing from a surprising amount of people statements like ‘this isn’t a big deal’ / ‘we’ll be fine’ ... ‘we still have to go about our lives’ and it’s really blowing my mind,” the “Thank U, Next” hitmaker wrote. “I understand if that is how you felt weeks ago, but please read about what’s going on. please don’t turn a blind eye.

“It is incredibly dangerous and selfish to take this situation that lightly. The ‘we will be fine because we’re young’ is putting people who aren’t young and/or healthy in a lot of danger. you sound stupid and privileged.”

Others, like Lizzo and Schwarzenegger, took a more subtle approach, leading by example and sharing their own self-quarantine activities. Clad in a “Terminator” shirt, Schwarzenegger lighted up the internet after posting a video of himself enjoying isolation with his pet pony, Whiskey, and donkey, Lulu.

“The important thing is that you stay home,” the 72-year-old actor-politician said while feeding his furry friends. “After you’re 65, you’re not allowed out of the house anymore in California, so we stay home, and we eat here. ... We don’t go out. We don’t go to restaurants. We don’t do anything like that anymore here.”


Meanwhile, music’s patron saint of self-care passed the time by practicing her famous instrument of choice: the flute. Lizzo also addressed recent concert cancellations that she and other musicians have had to make due to increasing public health concerns.

“Because I Love You,” Lizzo wrote under a nearly 30-minute Instagram video in which she was surrounded by crystals. “A meditation and mantra to promote healing during this global crisis. Use at your own pace. Love you!”

See what more stars are doing to #FlattenTheCurve below.

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These are uncertain times. And now, more than ever, we need each other. We need each other for truth, for support, and to feel less alone during a time that can honestly feel quite scary. There are so many around the world who need support right now, who are working tirelessly to respond to this crisis behind the scenes, on the frontline, or at home. Our willingness, as a people, to step up in the face of what we are all experiencing with COVID-19 is awe-inspiring. This moment is as true a testament there is to the human spirit. We often speak of compassion. All of our lives are in some way affected by this, uniting each of us globally. How we approach each other and our communities with empathy and kindness is indisputably important right now. Over the coming weeks, this will be our guiding principle. We will be sharing information and resources to help all of us navigate the uncertainty: from posting accurate information and facts from trusted experts, to learning about measures we can take to keep ourselves and our families healthy, to working with organisations that can support our mental and emotional well-being. In addition, we will focus on the inspiring stories of how so many of you around the world are connecting in ways big and small to lift all of us up. We are all in this together, and as a global community we can support each other through this process – and build a digital neighbourhood that feels safe for every one of us. We look forward to sharing more over the days and weeks to come...

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How are you keeping busy ? #homelife

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Hoping everyone is is stocked up, quarantined up and is taking the necessary measures to protect themselves and be safe. Wear gloves, wash your hands frequently and practice social distancing. It’s scary out there. But there’s no need to feel helpless. You are not alone. Here’s a couple of things you can do from home. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, @FeedingAmerica is committed to serving communities and individuals facing hunger across America, wherever they are. You can help make sure we can be there for our neighbors in need during this time of uncertainty. Lack of paid sick leave and the coronavirus’ disproportionate impact on adults age 60 and older and low-income families are all contributing to the demands placed on food banks across the country. Join me in supporting @FeedingAmerica today. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• @GlblCtzn is launched a new campaign to stop the spread of COVID-19. Join the movement, learn more, and take action at —or go to the link in their bio #covid19 #coronavirus @WHO #who @drtedros #health ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• CARE - Partner of the CDC’s Emergency Response and Recovery Branch, focusing on public health emergency preparedness, and assisting with prevention and containment in the 100 countries where it has operations. When coronavirus hits the poorest countries in the world — places already fighting famine, extreme poverty, and deadly violence — it will be devastating. Supporting CARE's Emergency Surge Fund saves lives that are threatened by coronavirus.

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My first trip to Italy was at the end of 1991. I had miraculously booked a TV movie that would start in the new year, so I quit my job at the fish restaurant in Santa Monica, borrowed money from my agent, and hopped on a plane. I met up with a college friend and we traversed the north on trains, spending Christmas with some family friends who were nonetheless strangers, and ending up in Venice. My next trip there was a few years later, when we moved to Rome to start preproduction on The Talented Mr. Ripley. I spent months succumbing to the delicious wildness of the south, with its incredible food and warm-hearted entropy. As it’s transpired, I have had some of life’s most profound happenings occur in Italy: My father died in Rome when we were on a road trip for my thirtieth birthday; Brad proposed to me in Umbria in 2017. Italy is a place we return to over and over. It is a country that believes deeply in the artisan, the family, the handmade, slow-grown quality of its goods. We make our G. Label clothing in its factories and, as it turns out, stock up on its low-temp-dried pasta, Neapolitan tomatoes, and fragrant olive oil during times at home. When this crisis started, we held Italy, China, South Korea, Iran, and the other countries affected in our prayers, and now we have all followed suit. Each of these places has shown us what strength, resilience, and community can do during these surreal times, strictly restricting movement, with some even singing from their balconies. I wish for all of us to heed these very real warnings so that this unprecedented crisis might pass quickly. Stay home. Make pasta. FaceTime your grandma. We will get through this.

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staying cozy social distancing 🧢❤️

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