Talk about celebrities having to deal with constant press even as they go through personal turmoil. Charlie Sheen, once a very colorful personality, on screen and off screen, has been on a lull post his struggle with HIV. Earlier, the Golden Globe winner was fired by Two and a Half Men production team for reckless behavior onset.
Controversies continue to surround Charlie Sheen after he lost his job as the lead in Two and a Half Men. He lashed out at the show’s creator Chuck Lorre and things became ugly. He was then seen in FX’s Anger Management. But things took a turn for the star in 2011 when he was diagnosed with HIV.
Charlie Sheen: The Highs and The Lows
Even though his diagnosis came in during 2011, it took four years for Charlie Sheen to come out in public about his illness. Sheen, aged 50, figured something was wrong when he identified excessive sweating in his body and intense headaches. He calls the diagnosis as a “turning point” in his life.
— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) January 11, 2017
It was not an easy journey for the star as he was facing personal turmoil with his illness. He was blackmailed by those he called friends and had to give them money to keep mum about his disease. However, he decided to come out in public and “release himself from prison”. The actor also has been transparent about his condition with every person with whom he’s been intimate since his diagnosis.
Sheen: Torch Bearer For HIV?
In an interview with ABC, Charlie Sheen openly talks about life after his diagnosis and how it changed him. Sheen says, “The day I was diagnosed, I immediately wanted to eat a bullet. But my mom was there, I wouldn’t do that in front of her, or let her find me to clean up that mess. But then, something else came over me. They gave me a handful of pills and said, ‘You can go home now, and you’re going to live.”
we love this gal !!
— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) October 3, 2016
It has been an uphill journey for Sheen but it looks like he is taking it in his stride. He is considering using his reach to create awareness about HIV. He says, “I feel like I’m carrying the torch, for a lot of folks out there that are suffering from the same thing.”
Here’s hoping that Charlie Sheen quickly recovers and helps shut down the taboo around HIV.