Charlie Sheen is confirming he is HIV positive as he appears on NBC’s Today show.
“I am here to admit that I am HIV positive,” the former Two And A Half Men star said.
The news bring to an end days of intense media speculation.
“I have to put a stop to this onslaught this barrage of attacks and of sub truths,” Charlie Sheen said, adding he was diagnosed four years ago.
Charlie Sheen revealed he had paid “enough to take it into the millions” to keep people from going public about his illness over the years.
The said when he revealed his HIV status to friends “the truth became treason”, leading to “blackmail and extortion and a circle of deceit”.
“I trusted them, they were in my inner circle and thought they could be helpful. My trust turned to their treason,” Charlie Sheen said, adding a prostitute took a picture of his medication and threatened to sell it to newspapers.
“I think I release myself from this prison today,” he said.
Charlie Sheen admitted that his use of drink and drugs was a “bad decision” but said it was “impossible” that he would have passed HIV on to anyone else.
He said he does not feel any stigma attached to the illness.
“I have the responsibility to better myself and help a lot of other people. With what we’re doing today, others may come up and say thanks Charlie, thanks for kicking the door open.”
Speaking about the time prior to his diagnosis, Charlie Sheen said: “It started with a series of cluster headaches and sweating – I was hospitalized I thought I had a brain tumor – after tests they said this was the situation. It’s a hard three letters to absorb.”
Charlie Sheen rose to fame in the 80s with hit movies including Platoon and Wall Street and, in 2011, was the highest-paid actor on TV thanks to his sitcom role.
He has frequently struggled with drink and drug abuse.
Charlie Sheen, who played a hedonistic bachelor in Two And A Half Men, was fired from the show in 2011 after a downward spiral in his personal life that was often played out in public.
Production had been suspended after he entered rehabilitation for reported drug and alcohol abuse.
Charlie Sheen – the youngest son of West Wing star Martin Sheen and brother of actor Emilio Estevez – has also had a troubled personal life and has been married three times.
He first marriage was to Donna Peele in 1995 but they split up after a year. His second marriage was to former Bond girl Denise Richards, with whom he has two daughters. They divorced in 2006 and he married Brooke Mueller, with whom he has twin sons.
Charlie Sheen was then due to marry Scottine Ross, but the wedding was called off.
Ryan Lewis has revealed his mother, Julie Lewis, has been HIV positive since 1984.
Ryan Lewis, who collaborates with Macklemore, says his mother contracted HIV from a blood transfusion 30 years ago.
The 26-year-old singer made the revelation as he and Macklemore launched their 30/30 Project, which raises money for affordable healthcare around the world.
“In 1984, my mom gave birth to my older sister, Teresa,” Ryan Lewis said in a statement on the project’s website.
“Due to a complicated delivery, she needed a blood transfusion and at that moment, my mom had HIV+ blood put into her body.
“When she was finally diagnosed, she was given only a few years to live.”
Ryan Lewis has revealed his mother, Julie Lewis, has been HIV positive since 1984 (photo CBS)
Ryan Lewis also revealed that his mother did not know she had HIV when she was pregnant with him or his sister and they were fortunate to be born healthy despite a 25% risk of contracting it.
They are aiming to raise at least $100,000.
Explaining the name of the project Ryan Lewis added: “To honor the 30 years my mom has been a survivor, our family is raising funds to build health centers worldwide that will stand strong for at least 30 years.”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won best new artist and best rap performance for their UK number one single Thrift Shop at this year’s Grammy Awards.
The duo’s debut album, The Heist, went to number 19 and spent 48 weeks in the Official Album Chart.
Ryan Lewis closed the statement by saying: “With this amazing past year I’ve had, I am honored to be the first donor for the 30/30 Project, jumpstarting the construction of the first health centre in Malawi.
“I am asking you to join my family and see how far we can take this.”
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