Charlie Sheen Breaks Silence on HIV-Positive Diagnosis, Says "I Have to Put a … – E! Online
During a sit-down with Today‘s Matt Lauer, the Two and a Half Men actor opened up about his current health, his decision to stay silent about it for years and what the future holds for him both personally and professionally.
“I’m here to admit that I am in fact HIV-positive,” the 50-year-old star explained on the morning show. “I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about me, threatening the health of so many others, which couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Sheen said he was diagnosies “roughly four years ago” and he told a select number of people. “I’ve told enough that I trusted to be in the position and the situation that I’m in today.” Sheen said he first realized something was off “based on this series of cluster headaches and insane migraines and sweating the bed, completely drenched two, three nights in a row, that I was emergency hospitalized. I thought I had a brain tumor. I thought it was over. After a battery of tests and spinal taps, all that crap, they walked in the room and said, ‘Boom. Here’s what’s going on.’ It’s a hard three letters to absorb. It’s a turning point in one’s life.”
He also claimed that a lot of people have demanded money to stay silent about his diagnosis. “I have paid those people-not that may, but enough to where it has depleted the future.” Asked how many people he has paid, Sheen said, “I don’t want to guess wrong, but enough to bring it into the millions. What people forget is that’s money they’re taking from my children. They think it’s just me. But I’ve got five kids and a granddaughter, you know?”
Regarding the people who took advantage of him, Sheen said, “I trusted them and they were deep in my inner circle, and I thought they could be helpful.” Instead, he said, “My trust turned to their treason.” Sheen said appearing on Today will help put a stop to those payouts. “That’s my goal. That’s not my only goal. I think I release myself from this prison today,” he said.
Lauer also asked Sheen, “Have you knowingly, or even perhaps unknowingly, transmitted the HIV virus to someone else since your diagnosis?” The actor replied, “Impossible. Impossible.” Sheen admitted he has had unprotected sex with two people since the diagnosis, but both partners were informed ahead of time and have been under the care of his doctor, Robert Huizenga.
Now that his diagnosis has been made public, he told Lauer, “I have a responsibility now to better myself and to help a lot of other people, and hopefully with what we’re doing today, others may come forward sand say, ‘Thanks, Charlie. Thanks for kicking the door open.'”
Monday morning, amid increasing speculation, Today issued a press release saying that Sheen was going to “make a revealing personal announcement,” but didn’t share any further details. At the time, E! News confirmed that the troubled star is HIV-positive.
Sheen has five children and three ex-wives, Donna Peele (1995-1996), Denise Richards (2002-2006) and Brooke Mueller (2008-2011). E! News has learned that both Richards and her two daughters, Sam and Lola, are HIV-negative.