Entertainment Sports WWE Superstar Ric Flair Confirms Wife's Coronavirus Diagnosis, Denies He's Tested Positive Ric Flair told the New York Post that his wife, Wendy Barlow, tested positive for the virus while the couple lived in separate areas of their home By Jason Duaine Hahn Jason Duaine Hahn Jason Hahn is a Human Interest and Sports Reporter for PEOPLE. He's worked at PEOPLE's Los Angeles Bureau as a writer and reporter since 2017 and has interviewed the likes of Kobe Bryant, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Brady. He has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University. He previously worked for Complex Magazine in New York City. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 21, 2020 03:52 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: James Black/Icon Sportswire/Getty WWE legend Ric Flair is denying that he contracted COVID-19 after he confirmed his wife, Wendy Barlow, is currently battling the virus. In an interview with the New York Post, the 71-year-old said he and his wife were staying in separate areas of their home when she tested positive for coronavirus, which has proven especially dangerous for people over the age of 65. "My wife does [have the virus] … we live in a 5,000 square foot home," Flair, who lives in Georgia, told the Post. "I live in the basement. She lives upstairs on the third floor and she got sick." When asked about speculation he had contracted the virus, the WWE Hall of Famer told the outlet his health is "excellent" and the claims were "absolutely incorrect." Through a WWE representative, Flair told PEOPLE he had nothing further to say about the situation. Wrestling Legend Ric Flair Fighting for His Life After Decades of Alcohol Abuse: Health Scare Tamed 'Nature Boy’ According to the Post, Flair was recently criticized after he was photographed visiting a Starbucks drive-thru and interacting with one of the cafe's staff members without a mask. As noted by the outlet, Flair partnered with the American College Of Surgeons in April to help promote staying at home to limit the spread of the virus. Ric Flair in Recovery After Surgery: 'The Procedure Was a Success!' Says Wife Wendy Barlow "[I'm] telling you, asking you, to stay home and stop the spread, and to thank all the people in the world of medicine today that are working to bring this virus to an end," Flair said in the video. "Let's do this together, stay home and stop the spread." Georgia has seen 132,788 cases and 3,113 deaths attributed to coronavirus as of Tuesday, according to the New York Times. RELATED VIDEO: WWE Legend Ric Flair in the Fight of His Life After Decades of Alcohol Abuse: The Health Scare That Tamed the 'Nature Boy’ Flair has had a number of health issues over the years, including an emergency in August 2017 when it was revealed he was in the early stages of kidney failure and on the verge of congestive heart failure — the result of years of alcohol abuse, PEOPLE previously reported. Doctors at the time told Flair he only had a 20 percent chance of surviving and he was placed into a medically induced coma before eventually recovering. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.