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“I wanted you guys to hear it from me first": Hugh Jackman shares emotional health update

He won't be back on stage for a while.

By Catie Powers
Hugh Jackman has revealed he has tested positive for COVID-19 for a second time, meaning he will be unable to perform his role as Harold Hill in the Broadway revival of The Music Man.
Taking to Instagram, the 53-year-old actor explained his current health situation in a personal video for his fans.
"I wanted you guys to hear it from me first that this morning I have frustratingly tested positive for COVID again," he said.
Hugh Jackman has tested positive for COVID again. (Image: Getty)
The singer, however, assured fans that they were in safe hands with his understudy, Max Clayton.
"My standby, the amazingly talented @maxmclayton will step in for me. What's most annoying is I don't get to see him perform!"
Along with Max and the rest of the cast and crew, Hugh has been working on the production for two years.
"I will be cheering you on in my heart Max," Hugh said. "And to the whole cast of The Music Man, I hate not being there with you but I'll be back as soon as I can."
"I'll be back as soon as I can," Hugh said. (Image: Instagram)
The Les Misérables star ended his message by paying tribute to those who don't get enough recognition when it comes to stage shows.
"I've said it before, and I will say it a million times more… Maxi and all the standbys, swings and understudies around the world, you are the true heroes of theatre. You give life to the saying: 'the show must go on.'"
This is the second time Hugh has tested positive for the virus, with the actor revealing his first positive diagnosis last December.
Both Hugh and his Broadway co-star Sutton Foster tested positive just before Christmas, meaning production for The Music Man was halted until New Year's Day 2022.
Both Hugh and his Broadway co-star Sutton Foster tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of 2021. (Image: Getty)
The singer confirmed the news in a similar video shared to his Instagram at the time.
"My symptoms are like a cold, I have a scratchy throat and a bit of a runny nose but I'm fine and I'm just going to do everything I can to get better ASAP and, as soon as I'm clear, I'll be back on stage heading to River City."
Hugh finished off his video with an uplifting message to fans, asking them to: "please, stay safe, be healthy, and be kind."

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