For all those who look forward to the Verzuz showdown between R&B singers Ashanti and Keyshia Cole tonight, we have some bad news. The highly anticipated musical event has been postponed as Ashanti tested positive for COVID-19. “Hey all of you, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I tested positive for COVID-19,” Ashanti wrote in an Instagram post on Saturday, December 12. “I’m fine and have no pain. I am really ready to do the Verzuz from my house… We try to understand everything. Ashanti and Keyshia Cole were set to face each other following the latest ‘Icy’ battle between Gucci Mane and Jeezy, which became the most watched Verzuz of all time with over 9.1 million tuned viewers. Although Verzuz is an event put in place specifically to resist the existential threat of COVID, but nonetheless the event has been postponed indefinitely. Ashanti was not exactly in quarantine, as last month she visited Antigua and shared several photos from her trip on social media. Even so, we wish Ashanti a speedy recovery so we can see her screaming “Foolish”, “Baby” and half of J.Lo.’s catalog at him.
Update, December 12, 8:30 p.m .: Although it was Ashanti who fell with the disease, it seems that it was Keyshia who decided that if they couldn’t do the Verzuz live and in person, she didn’t want to do that at all. Keyshia Cole and Ashanti took to Instagram to live together after announcing their Verzuz the battle would be postponed. During the live, Ashanti, who blamed ‘the devil’ for contracting COVID-19 and not for her recent international trips, doubled down on the sentiment she shared in her Instagram post, saying she would have been willing to do show it, virtually. Keyshia was clearly less than happy with the idea. “I want to hug you. I want to love you. I want to sing your songs in front of you. I want you to be there and to do the same. I want you to enjoy our flowers. I want to enjoy my flowers and I want us to be united, ”said Keyshia Cole. So while we could have had a Jill Scott vs.Erykah Badu style Verzuz Tonight, it looks like we’ll wait at least two weeks for Ashanti to complete her quarantine, so the girls can reunite in person. Keyshia wants her flowers and she wants them delivered personally, thank you very much.