Kofi Kingston is proud to be working through the coronavirus pandemic.
The WWE superstar – who currently holds the SmackDown Tag Team Titles with New Day teammates Big E and Xavier Woods – has been a big part of the company’s empty arena shows filmed without the roar of the crowd, but he’s still keeping the power of positivity despite the very strange times we’re living in.
He exclusively told Metro.co.uk: ‘I think now more than ever, smiles are needed – people need an escape. You turn on the news and you all hear is something about the virus, and then this happened and that happened!
‘There’s all this panic. Being able to be a performer in these times, you are able to just help people forget, even if it’s temporary, even if it’s that two hours for SmackDown or three hours for Raw.
‘People forget about what’s going on, and yeah it’s strange that we’re doing it out there with no crowd, but at the same time you’re not thinking about the worries that you have in your life.’
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Kofi – who has two young sons with his wife Kori Campfield – is also enjoying getting the chance to spend more time at home, which is a rarity for WWE superstars.
‘If I’m home four days, it’s a good week,’ he reflected on the hectic schedule. ‘But now I’ve been home for stretches of 15 days, 25 days and it’s been pretty amazing.
‘So as far as finding a silver lining in all this uncertain situation, it has actually been pretty great to spend unprecedented amounts of time with my kids and my family. I don’t normally get this.’Kofi and his boys celebrate his WWE Championship win (Credit: WWE)
Although the former WWE Champion is glad to have the time with his family, it’s tough trying to explain to his young boys about the current health crisis and why their lives have changed so much.
‘It’s human nature to want to convene with people and to be together,’ he pondered. ‘They can’t really get a full understanding of what’s going on. I think, honestly, it’s almost like the adults – we’re just taking it one day at a time.
‘We just explain that, like like, people are getting sick. The things we can do to prevent other people from getting sick are staying away from people, as weird as that is.’
It means at times like this, organisations like the NSPCC – which is offering support to both children and parents who need help during the pandemic – are so vital to people across the UK.
WWE has teamed up with the charity for many years now, and Kofi is delighted with the impact it can have.
‘I think it’s an awesome thing, number one to have a line where children can call, and really discuss any problems they might be having,’ he said, while also pointing out the aid it can give to parents.
‘It’s a place that parents can go to now and get the help they need and the support they need through this whole situation.’
In its own way, WWE is continuing to provide a service and an escape for so many people around the world – and it gives Kofi a real perspective on his role.
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‘For me in particular, I realise how fortunate I am to, number one, have a job in these times,’ he smiled. ‘Once that curtain goes you really see… at the end of the day, what we’re doing is entertainment.
‘These times more than ever, it’s very important for us to provide that sense of relief and escape.’
*The NSPCC is urging the public to visit its website and donate £10 to help fund vital services like Childline, so the charity can continue to answer calls and be here for the young people who desperately need someone to talk to. NSPCC has lots of advice for parents on their website, from talking to children worried about coronavirus to taking care of their mental health: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/coronavirus-advice-suppport-children-families-parents/
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