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Jon Batiste tests positive for COVID-19 just days after attending Met Gala

Singer Jon Batiste tests positive for COVID-19 just days after attending Met Gala… and is now forced to postpone Carnegie Hall concert

Jon Batiste has tested positive for COVID-19, days after attending the Met Gala in New York City.

The musical artist, 35, had been slated to debut his new show American Symphony at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, but had to withdraw after testing positive for the virus.

An announcement from the venue stated that the Grammy-winning performer ‘must regretfully postpone this concert, as he and members of his team have tested positive for COVID-19,’ adding that the outing will be rescheduled.

The latest: Jon Batiste, 35, has tested positive for COVID-19, days after attending the Met Gala in New York City

The latest: Jon Batiste, 35, has tested positive for COVID-19, days after attending the Met Gala in New York City

The Metairie, Louisiana native said in a statement, ‘I thank all my supporters for their love and understanding. See you all soon!’

Batiste also will be sidelined from his band leading duties on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert following the diagnosis.

Batiste was at Monday’s Met Gala, where he was pictured alongside fellow stars such as Janelle Monáe, Katy Perry and James Corden.

Speaking at the event with ETBatiste said, ‘My life has so many blessings – I’m just so happy to share it.’

The musical artist had been slated to debut his new show American Symphony at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, but had to withdraw after testing positive for the virus

The musical artist had been slated to debut his new show American Symphony at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, but had to withdraw after testing positive for the virus

Batiste was at Monday's Met Gala, where he was pictured alongside fellow stars such as Janelle Monáe

The musician posed with Katy Perry at the luxe gala

Batiste was at Monday’s Met Gala, where he was pictured alongside fellow stars such as Janelle Monáe and Katy Perry

He was asked about his wife Suleika Jaouad, 33 – who is battling leukemia – and said she was ‘doing great’ after a successful two-week stretch.

‘I’m very grateful,’ he said. ‘We are blessed by God. God’s holding us and lifting us up.’

He continued: ‘I have so much that I want to say about her because I could speak just about her radiance endlessly. We met when we were in band camp. She was 12 and I was 14. We’ve been knowing each other for 20 years. And it’s just such an incredible thing.’

The feted musician advised his fans, ‘If you find the right person, lock it in – life is short.

‘You never know what’s going to happen so you just gotta lock it in. These moments are beautiful – the highs and lows of life. Just stay with the one you love and everything will be OK.’

The Metairie, Louisiana native said in a statement following his diagnosis, 'I thank all my supporters for their love and understanding. See you all soon!'

The Metairie, Louisiana native said in a statement following his diagnosis, ‘I thank all my supporters for their love and understanding. See you all soon!’

Batiste also will be sidelined from his band leading duties on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert following the diagnosis. He was pictured en route to the show on Tuesday

Batiste also will be sidelined from his band leading duties on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert following the diagnosis. He was pictured en route to the show on Tuesday

At the Met Gala, Batiste was asked about his wife Suleika Jaouad, 33 - who is battling leukemia - and said she was 'doing great' after a successful two-week stretch

At the Met Gala, Batiste was asked about his wife Suleika Jaouad, 33 – who is battling leukemia – and said she was ‘doing great’ after a successful two-week stretch

On Wednesday, Batiste posted a rehearsal shot, writing, 'Day 7 in rehearsal ... I am grateful to share my first symphony at @carnegiehall #AmericanSymphony'

On Wednesday, Batiste posted a rehearsal shot, writing, ‘Day 7 in rehearsal … I am grateful to share my first symphony at @carnegiehall #AmericanSymphony’

Prior to the luxe event at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Batiste had posted excerpts of his rehearsal sessions ahead of his anticipated Carnegie Hall show.

He took to Instagram Sunday with a clip in which he was practicing for the forthcoming show.

Batiste captioned the clip: ‘day 3 of AMERICAN SYMPHONY rehearsal is done. We had some fun at the end of rehearsal on the E-mu SP-1200 drum machine. We are blending traditions and reimagining classical music.

‘I am so grateful to be premiering my first symphony and sharing the stage with a powerfully diverse and masterful cast of musicians! See you at @carnegiehall on May 7.’

On Wednesday, I posted another rehearsal shot, writing, ‘Day 7 in rehearsal … I am grateful to share my first symphony at @carnegiehall #AmericanSymphony.’

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