'60s icon Marianne Faithfull tests positive for coronavirus

Sarah Carty
Features & Style Editor

Singer Marianne Faithfull has tested positive for the coronavirus and is undergoing treatment in hospital.

The 73-year-old As Tears Go By singer, retweeted a tweet by Republic Media, which said her manager has confirmed she’s in a London hospital due to COVID-19.

Marianne Faithfull has tested positive for coronavirus. Photo: Getty Images

“She is stable and responding to treatment, we all wish her well and a full and speedy recovery,” the tweet read.

Just hours before the news was announced, the star uploaded a throwback to her Instagram account, showing her posing in a black turtleneck top in 1990.

Friend and performer Penny Arcade, told Rolling Stone that the singer went to the hospital earlier this week where she tested positive, then developed pneumonia.

The English Grammy-nominated singer, who dated Jagger in the 1960s, has a history of health issues, including breast cancer, and Hepatitis C. However, she told the Los Angeles Times in 2018, “I’m not frail or weak.”

Marianne dated Mick Jagger in the late '60s. Photo: Getty Images

Faithfull is set to be portrayed by Bohemian Rhapsody actress Lucy Boynton in an upcoming biopic. 

The Hollywood Reporter described the film as a “roller-coaster journey from being discovered as a convent schoolgirl of 17, finding fame as a pop idol, living through hedonistic times and a tumultuous romance with Mick Jagger that inspired some of their greatest songs, to being a homeless drug addict in Soho.”

With extra reporting by Megan Johnson

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