Charlie Sheen bravely faces a world that now knows he has HIV but his ex, Denise Richards, is worried he’s in over his head. HollywoodLife.com has the EXCLUSIVE scoop that Denise has supported Charlie through his ordeal but she fears he’ll ‘self-destruct’ from the pressures of going public with his disease.
Charlie Sheen, 50, opened himself up and revealed he’s HIV positive. Though he no longer has to keep his diagnosis a secret, he’s still in danger, according to his ex, Denise Richards, 44. HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVELY learned that Denise thinks Charlie faces many challenges after admitting he has this disease and this has her worried sick!
Charlie revealed that he has HIV on Nov. 17, and his ex Denise “has been in constant contact with [him] since he’s publicly announced his status,” a source close to Denise EXCLUSIVELY tells HollywoodLife.com. Charlie’s ex-wife has also “always supported him with this in the past but now she feels Charlie needs her more than ever.”
Though Denise’s relationship with Charlie hasn’t always been the best, she did say he told her about his status years ago. She has supported Charlie as he dealt with this ordeal, but since going public with his disease, she’s “more concerned for him” now than ever before.
“She knows very well Charlie’s extremely emotional and volatile. One minute he’s up and within seconds, he could flip and go to a very dark place. Coming clean publicly about his status was one of the hardest things he’s had to do,” the source tells HollywoodLife.com, “and it’s opened him up to lawsuits, public scorn and shame.”
Charlie said he felt “relieved” after sharing his secret, but he could be facing a whole lot of stress. Fans have blasted Charlie over his promiscuous lifestyle, especially after he admitted to having unprotected sex after he found out he had HIV. That sex may land Charlie in court. Not only are women allegedly filing lawsuits against them for putting them at risk, but if he also slept with them without disclosing that he had HIV, he could be charged with a felony.
The lawsuits and jokes may be too much for Charlie to handle, and the source tells HollywoodLife.com that “Denise fears he could go into a self-destruction mode.” The source also said that Denise is “keeping a close eye” on her ex, while giving “as much love and encouragement as she possibly can.”
Do you think Charlie can handle the pressures of going public with his disease, HollywoodLifers? Or do you think Denise is right to be worried?
— Jason Brow, Eric Mitchell reporting