Luke Bryan shared his experience with COVID-19 on Tuesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The 44-year-old country singer discussed his bout with COVID-19 after announcing last month that he tested positive for the virus, confirming that he had to sit out on his American Idol judge duties until he recovered.
DeGeneres, 63, who announced she had tested positive for the coronavirus in December, said, “I had COVID, you had COVID. You recently had it. How bad did you have it?”
Bryan replied, “Yes. You know, I had one or two days where it was pretty bad. But then, I mean, I never lost my taste and smell, and then I got back rockin’. I had a little fatigue but heck, I’m back to normal.”
DeGeneres then asked the American Idol judge about going without beer while he was suffering from COVID-19, Bryan admitting with a laugh, “That is definitely the longest stint without a beer. Beer in the afternoon is just,” according to PEOPLE.
She then surprised Bryan with a mug of cold beer that appeared from a hand below the table between the two. Before taking a sip, Bryan said, “Thank you, Ellen. Alright, Ellen, just let me savor. I can still taste it! I have the taste.”
Last month, at the 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards, Bryan told PEOPLE about recovering from COVID-19, explaining that his wife Caroline helped him through his bout with the virus.
At the time, the singer said, “Certainly the key to feeling better for having COVID was, you know, I was very fortunate to not have a long, long set of symptoms and stuff.”
“It was still quite challenging for a couple of days, but thank God for just, certainly, health,” he added. “There were times when Caroline was nursing me back to health, so I was certainly amazed to move through that.” “And now, looking back on the past going into a year and a half, I mean, the main thing that’s got us through is certainly your friends and your family and praying that everybody can see the side of certainly this pandemic,” Bryan added.