Wow, this is so crazy. During his shocking HIV revelation on the ‘Today Show,’ Charlie Sheen also confessed his financial situation is ‘not great’ because he’s spent upwards of $10 million to keep his secret safe.
Charlie Sheen, 50, made the brave decision to reveal that he is HIV positive on Tuesday morning, Nov. 17, during an exclusive interview with the Today Show. Among the shocking details of his diagnosis, Charlie also revealed that he managed to keep it a secret for so long by paying people off. The actor admits he’s spent approximately $10 million in blackmail fees, and hopes that going public will help him regain a good financial standing.
As if being diagnosed as HIV positive wasn’t stressful enough, Charlie Sheen was also faced with the difficult task of keeping it a secret from the public for at least four years. So, how does one of the most well-known actors in Hollywood manage to do that? By allowing himself to be blackmailed, unfortunately.
Speaking to Matt Lauer, Charlie revealed that finally coming out and sharing that he is HIV+ with the public is just one way he hopes to stop the extortion. ““What people forget is that’s money they’re taking from my children,” explained. “They think it’s just me, but I’ve got five kids and a granddaughter. … I release myself from this prison today.”
Even worse? Charlie admitted that his depression from the diagnosis allowed him to spiral out of control, in which he says he made a lot of “bad decisions.” Unfortunately, some of those decisions included having sex with prostitutes. However, during the interview Charlie vehemently insisted that he has told every single one of his sexual partners about his HIV before having intercourse.
To find out more about Charlie’s diagnosis and treatment, check out HollywoodLife.com‘s previous reports HERE.
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— Lauren Cox