Jeremih Details Life-Threatening COVID Battle: ‘I Was Down Bad’

Jeremih attends the Soul Train Awards. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Jeremih says his life changed overnight when he was hospitalized for complications of COVID-19.

The R&B singer sat down for an interview on the Oct. 25 episode of the “Lip Service” with Angela Yee podcast to discuss his new single “Changes,” and was asked about his weeks-long battle with COVID.

Back in November 2020, 50 Cent shared the news on Instagram that Jeremih was in the ICU at a hospital in Chicago.

The Grammy-nominated singer told “Lip Service” the virus ravaged his body. “I was down bad,” he said. “I had to learn how to walk again.”

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He described the moment he realized something was wrong. “I was in the bathroom and I just felt the room shaking,” he explained.

The singer, real name Jeremy Phillip Felton, said he called his mom and went to the hospital.

“Honestly, when I checked myself into the hospital, I don’t remember nothing after that night,” he said. “I was in there for a month and a half, and they told me I had something called MIS, which is a multiple inflammatory syndrome, which all of my organs kind of exploded.”

According to the CDC, multisystem inflammatory syndrome is “a rare but serious condition associated with COVID-19 in which different body parts become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.”

After spending time on a ventilator, the “Don’t Tell ‘em” singer said he’s grateful to be able to sing again.

In December 2020, Jeremih spoke with  ABC7 Chicago and said he needed intense therapy to learn how to eat and walk again.

Once his health improved, he joined the cast of Starz’s Power Book IV: Force.