He battled Covid-19 over the Christmas period and feared for his life.
And Jeremy Clarkson appeared to be back on top form on Sunday as he showed off his new lockdown look which comprised of silver facial hair and course grey locks.
The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? presenter, 60, unveiled his rugged transformation to his 3.2million Instagram followers while sporting classic black shades
Wow: Jeremy Clarkson showed off his new lockdown look on Sunday which comprised of silver facial hair and course grey locks
He kept things casual in a navy jacket and complementing shirt.
Jeremy amusingly captioned the upload: ‘Face furniture: model’s own.’
In December, the former Top Gear presenter shared a shot of his COVID-19 Antigen test showing a single line, which indicates a negative result while two lines means a positive.
The 60-year-old simply captioned the photo, which saw his swaps strewn around the rapid-testing equipment: ‘Let’s rock’.
Sense of humour: He kept things casual in a navy jacket and complementing shirt as he amusingly captioned the upload: ‘Face furniture: model’s own’
Medakit’s COVID-19 Antigen test used by Jeremy can detect an active coronavirus infection within 15 minutes.
However, less than a week later, the presenter revealed he began to feel unwell, just four days before Christmas.
He said that after Googling his symptoms, he eventually got tested for coronavirus where it came back positive.
‘The doctor was very clear,’ the presenter recalled in his column for The Sunday Times. ‘I’d feel under the weather for between five and 14 days and then I’d either get better or I’d have to go to hospital.
Result! In December, the former Top Gear presenter shared a shot of his COVID-19 Antigen test showing a single line, which indicates a negative result while two lines means a positive
‘Where, because I am 60 and fat, and because I’ve smoked half a million cigarettes and had double pneumonia, I’d probably die, on my own, in a lonely plastic tent.’
Detailing what happened, Jeremy explained he woke up drenched in sweat, suffered a persistent dry cough and went into isolation.
After batting off questions from friends about who could have given him the virus, Clarkson explained that he took himself off to bed with ‘the new Don Winslow book and a bag of kale’ and waited ‘for the Grim Reaper to pop his head round the door’.
Also in December, Jeremy claimed being bullied in boarding school helped to ‘sharpen him up’ and make him the man he is today.
The Grand Tour co-presenter reflected on his time at Repton School in a chat with Andy Jaye for his podcast, where he said the horrific things he was subjected to by bullies had actually helped him, in a way.
‘It was scary!’ However, less than a week later, the presenter revealed he began to feel unwell and tested positive for the virus and feared he might die
In his Sunday Times column in 2015, Jeremy revealed his bullies would often beat him and break his personal items, and they would even force him to lick the toilets clean in particularly cruel incidents.
Speaking to Andy about how he felt the bullying had, in some ways, been a help rather than a hindrance, he said: ‘The first two years I got bullied, and I have to be careful how I phrase this, I don’t necessarily think in my case the bullying I got for the first few years was a bad thing.
‘I think it sharpened me up and brought me to my senses. I appreciate that for many, many, many people bullying is horrific but it just wasn’t for me particularly.’
Continuing to reflect, he went on: ‘I mean it was horrible to suffer from it but I look back and I am grateful for what it made me become, if that makes sense.’
Jeremy ended up being expelled from the boarding school, but he told Andy he was happy about it as it meant he went down the path of journalism, which kick-started his career in the industry and led to his current fame.
In his 2015 column, Jeremy said of his school days: ‘I was thrown on an hourly basis into the icy plunge pool, dragged from my bed in the middle of the night and beaten, made to lick the lavatories clean and all the usual humiliations that public school used back then to turn a small boy into a gibbering, sobbing suicidal wreck.’
He also discussed how his bullies would also go out of their way to destroy his personal belongings, saying they ‘broke pretty much everything [he] owned.’
And he explained: ‘They glued my records together, snapped my compass, ate my biscuits, defecated in my tuck box and cut my trousers in half with a pair of garden shears, but I made sure when I heard them coming that my watch was safely locked away.’
Looking back: Also in December, Jeremy claimed being bullied in boarding school helped to ‘sharpen him up’ and make him the man he is today