Zac Efron is speaking out about reports that claimed he was hospitalized ahead of the Christmas holiday. In an Instagram posted uploaded on Sunday, the High School Musical and Neighbors star confirmed that he had fallen ill while filming an upcoming project in Papua New Guinea. However, he says he has recovered and is currently enjoying time with family back in the U.S.
“Very thankful to everyone who has reached out,” Efron wrote alongside a photo with Papua New Guinea natives. “I did get sick in Papua New Guinea but I bounced back quick and finished an amazing 3 weeks in P.N.G. I’m home for the holidays with my friends and family. Thanks for all the love and concern, see you in 2020!”
Reports of Efron’s illness broke on Saturday when The Sunday Telegraph he a “form of typhoid or similar bacterial infection.” This set off a “a life or death medical emergency” that led to the actor, who is also known for Baywatch and The Greatest Showman, being flown to Australia. He was said to have been treated at St Andrews War Memorial Hospital in Spring Hill, Australia.
The 32-year-old actor was said to be in Papua New Guinea filming his upcoming Quibi docuseries Killing Zac Efron, which is set to see the actor trek through jungles in a format similar to Man vs. Wild. He was reportedly flown to Australia and hospitalized at St Andrews War Memorial Hospital, located in Spring Hill. There he was treated and soon recovered. He was apparently healthy enough to fly home for Christmas Eve.
Efron’s post goes short of confirming all the specifics of the report, but does seem to confirm he faced some sort of serious illness. However, his note that he went back to Papua New Guinea for three weeks before heading home seems to dispute The Sunday Telegraph’s timeline.
In the comments of Efron’s Instagram post, friends and fans let out a sigh of relief at the news that the actor is on the mend.
“Good! Was worried there,” Max Joseph, who directed Efron’s movie We Are Your Friends, wrote.
“Glad to hear you’re OK, gave us all a scare, hoping for a quick recover. Happy holidays brother,” digital artist Bosslogic wrote.
“Oh my god I was so worried about you thank god you’re okay!” a fan wrote.
“What would I have done with out you,” a second fan wrote.
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