Last week, news broke out that a celebrity who has a long list of past high-profile relationships has HIV. Today, it appears that the celebrity has been named.
US Weekly reports that Charlie Sheen, former lead of the hit CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men”, is HIV-positive and will be discussing his health issue on the Tuesday episode of NBC’s “Today” show.
Meanwhile, Vanity Fair cites the celebrity news website TMZ as being the first to allege that Sheen is HIV-positive. VF traces the revelation of the issue to the time when NBC teased that Sheen would be interviewed by Matt Lauer on “Today” and “will make a revealing personal announcement.”
In the revealing article by TMZ, Sheen is said to have known about his HIV-positive status for more than two years already and during that time, “he’s had scores of sexual partners.” The website further says that the actor has had a series of blood tests and has been taking medication for HIV.
In terms of the interview, Vaniy Fair quotes crisis manager Howard Bragman in saying: “The interview could open up a lot of sympathy for him, but he has to be concerned about a fear of litigation from former sexual partners.”
Past relationships of the actor include Donna Peele, Denise Richards, and Brooke Mueller, US Weekly reports. According to the report, the actor was married to Peele from 1995-1996, married to Richards from 2002-2006 and to Mueller from 2008-2011.
From this list of previous partners, Access Hollywood reports that Denise Richards has known Sheen was HIV-positive for a “number of years.” The article further cites that Sheen contracted the disease after his divorce with Richards and that the two have not been intimate since. Richards, along with daughters Sam and Lola, are HIV-free, Access Hollywood says.
Entertainment Weekly chronicles that Sheen has “kept a low profile” since the FX comedy “Anger Management” ended in 2014.