Former ‘Who’s The Boss?’ star Danny Pintauro announced the devastating news that he’s battling HIV. Though Danny’s been HIV-positive for more than a decade, he’s just now ready to share this emotional story, and start a new chapter of his life helping others.
Danny Pintauro, 39, who played Jonathan on the hit early-90s sitcom Who’s The Boss?, told Oprah Winfrey on Saturday, September 26 episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? that he’s been HIV-positive for 12 years. What a terrifying ordeal he’s had to face.
Danny told Oprah in their discussion that he wanted to share the news of his illness “a long time ago,” but was not yet ready to do so. Now, Danny said that he’s ready to be open about his fight, because he wants to serve as a role model for the gay community.
“It’s just a big deal. It’s not something that people are talking about right now really,” Danny said. Before the episode aired on the 26th, Danny tweeted that his sit-down with Oprah was going to be a “life changing show.” He really wasn’t exaggerating there.
Danny was diagnosed as HIV-positive in March 2003 while living in New York. At the time, he said he was “completely clueless” that he had the virus. While his diagnosis was horrific, it actually gave him a sense of relief.
“It’s backwards. You’ve spent so much time terrified that you’re going to get it, and then you have it. You don’t have to be terrified anymore,” Danny said. Danny was forcibly came out as gay in 1997, when the National Enquirer allegedly threatened to out him in the publication.
But things were all good with Danny after Oprah: Where Are They Now? aired. The actor shared a sweet photo on Instagram of himself beaming next to husband Wil Tabares, whom he married in 2014. “Last meal as a nobody. ;) first meal as an activist. #lifelovelive,” he captioned the shot. We are glad that Danny seems so happy to be fighting for this cause, so close to his heart!
HollywoodLifers, help us send good thoughts to Danny and his loved ones.
— Samantha Wilson