Pop stars Katy Perry, Madonna and Cheryl all appear to have been tricked into thinking quarantined Italians have been singing their hits from their balconies.
Over the weekend a clip went viral showing a group of neighbours in Naples singing rousing football chants together to lift their spirits in the coronavirus lockdown – but within hours it had been doctored to show them belting out some well-known tracks from our favourite pop stars.
Katy was the first to fall for the prank when she retweeted a post that appeared to show a group of people singing Roar from a balcony.
The person captioned it: “A whole neighbourhood in Italy is singing “Roar” by Katy Perry while they’re on lockdown and self-quarantined. #COVIDー19.”
Sharing the video herself, Katy wrote: “You cannot break the human spirit. We are one in this.”
British pop singer Cheryl was next to get duped as the same clip again was posted, this time with her track Fight for this Love.
The prankster wrote: “A whole neighbourhood in Italy is singing Fight For This Love by Cheryl while they’re on lockdown and self-quarantined. #COVIDー19.”
Emotional Cheryl shared it and wrote: “I’m not crying.”
Madonna also fell for it and shared a video of people seemingly singing her track I Rise.
She wrote: “Let Us All RISE UP. everywhere around the world!! #irise.”
In all three cases their followers were quick to point out their mistake to them, but they are yet to remove their posts.
The original awe-inspiring video was uploaded to Facebook by Susy Unica Silvestri and has since had almost 10,000 shares.
The quarantined Neopolitains were actually singing songs supporting their local team, Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli.
They belt out: “People like us will never give up; people like us will never give up; people like us; people like us; people like us will never give up,” they chant in unison.
“Come on Italy! Come on Naples! Forever!
“We are all united. Come out on your balconies, out on your balconies! Come out on your balconies, out on your balconies!
“The virus that is facing us will not defeat us … The virus that is facing us will not defeat us!”
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission
Originally published as Stars fooled by basic coronavirus hoax