Gospel singer Kelly Price has finally come forward and declared she was not missing.
“I was never missing,” she said during an interview with TMZ. “Everyone in my family knew exactly where I was, and I have to say that it’s really disappointing that things came to this, but it was not true.”
Price also took to Instagram to thank her fans for all their prayers with a written post.
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On Friday news broke that Price was registered as a missing person in Georgia, and had last spoken with her family in early August while she was in the hospital battling COVID-19.
Kelly was listed as a missing person following a welfare check conducted at her home. Her familytold cops her boyfriend Darryl Crump was keeping friends and family from speaking with Price.
Price told TMZ that she has been battling such severe COVID that she temporarily flatlined.
“At some point they lost me,” she said. I woke up some days later.”
When asked to clarify what she meant by “lost,” Price said, “I died. … I remember waking up in the ICU.”
After Price, 48, recovered enough, the hospital released her because it “needed beds,” so they sent her home with oxygen and would have home health aids visiting her several times a week.
The “Friend of Mine” singer, who has been battling COVID since July, said she has “long COVID.”
“I am facing a very uphill battle right now,” a teary-eyed Price told the outlet. “I have a lot of rehabbing to do before I am able to be what I like to call concert-ready again. Following the year I’ve had, losing so many people. I had just lost my grandmother before I was diagnosed.
“I feel like the only way I can focus on me is to actually focus on me.”