Hollywood star Charlie Sheen has confirmed he is living with HIV in a US television interview.
“I am here to admit that I am HIV positive,” he said.
The former star of sitcom Two And A Half Men appeared on NBC’s Today show, ending days of intense media speculation.
Sheen revealed to Matt Lauer he had paid “enough to take it into the millions”to keep people from going public about his illness. “I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths,” he said, adding he was diagnosed four years ago.
He said when he revealed his HIV status to friends “the truth became treason”, leading to “blackmail and extortion and a circle of deceit”.
“I trusted them, they were in my inner circle and thought they could be helpful. My trust turned to their treason,”he said, adding a prostitute took a picture of his medication and threatened to sell it to newspapers. “I think I release myself from this prison today,”he said.
He admitted that his use of drink and drugs was a “bad decision” but said it was “impossible” that he would have passed HIV on to anyone else. The actor said he does not know how he contracted the virus but stressed he does not feel any stigma attached to the illness.
Speaking about the time prior to his diagnosis, he said: “It started with a series of cluster headaches and sweating – I was hospitalized. I thought I had a brain tumour – after tests they said this was the situation. It’s a hard three letters to absorb.”
Sheen appeared with his doctor, Robert Huizenga, who said his daily medication has suppressed the virus and he is “absolutely healthy”.
“Charlie has an undetectable level of the virus in his blood,”he said.
When asked to respond to rumours Sheen has Aids, Dr Huizenga said: “Charlie does not have Aids – that’s when the virus suppresses the immune system. He is healthy.”
‘Shame and anger’
Sheen said he is taking prescribed drugs daily and despite his erratic tendencies, has never missed a day’s medication. He said he is no longer taking recreational drugs but admitted he still “drinks a bit”.
Dr Huizenga said he did have concerns Sheen might omit to take his medication.
“We’re petrified about him, we’re so, so anxious that if he was overly depressed or abusing substances he’d forget to take a pill, but he’s managed to take his medication,” he said.
When asked if he would stop drinking, Sheen responded by saying: “Perhaps the freedom of today might lead to that as well.”
Sheen said his “personal disbelief and shame and anger” at the initial diagnosis “led to a descent into substance abuse and fathomless drinking”. But now he feels he has “the responsibility to better myself and help a lot of other people. With what we’re doing today, others may come up and say, ‘Thanks Charlie, thanks for kicking the door open’.”
He said he hoped the media pressure would ease now.
“You can never predict how the media will roll with something,”he said. “I hope it’s a lot more forgiving and supportive than a lot of the garbage I’ve read over the past few days – that I knew I had Aids and was intentionally spreading it.
‘Scandal’ actress Kerry Washington looked flawlessly stunning at the 2015 Bill of Rights Dinner on Sunday.
The TV star was honoured at the 2015 Bill of Rights Dinner, hosted by ACLU SoCal in Los Angeles at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on Sunday, 8th November.
The 38-year-old actress chose a stylish black off-shoulder ankle-length pencil dress which showed off her elegant decolletage, paired with grey pumps and a pair of pearl earrings.as she arrived at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel.
Kerry was also joined by her ‘Scandal’ co-stars Bellamy Young (first lady) and Tony Goldwyn (President) for a selfie.
Lil Wayne’s house was raided because he reportedly owes $2 million in unpaid private jet leasing fees to Miami’s Signature Group.
At least some of the possessions that were taken from Lil Wayne’s house were listed by WSVN.
The news outlet reports that police took signed football helmets, paintings, skateboards and one of the rapper’s Cash Money Records plaques.
TMZ says more than one plaque was seized. The site also reports that a valuator went with police to indicate the worth of the possessions and that Lil Wayne’s art collection is valued at $30 million.
Lil Wayne appears to have commented on Twitter on November 4 about Florida police raiding his house the previous day.
“It’s days like 2day dat make me ? everything, even myself But I guess dis is da thx I get. Sum times it’s tough 2b tough & even tougher 2b me,” Lil Wayne wrote on Twitter. “I ain’t shit but my mother, my kids & their mothers r EVERYTHING & dat I know, so on the days ? everything, I use dat as the answer 2 it all.”
The greatest entertainers of all time keep raking in enormous revenue years after they are long gone, a testament to their magnificent pulling power.
In that vein, Forbes releases the list of the top earning dead celebrities each year. This year’s list sees the debut of a new entrant, the actor Paul Walker, who died in a car crash towards the end of filming of the seventh installment in the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise- Furious 7 Paul Walker landed on 9th place on the list, earning $10.5m over the past year.
The late King of Pop Michael Jackson topped the list for the third year running, raking in an estimated $115m over the assessed period. According to Forbes, Jackson has earned over $1bn, before taxes, since his death in 2009.
Below are the top 13 celebrities on the Forbes list:
Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom have called off their divorce, E! News reveals.
It seems Lamar’s current medical crises has somewhat been a blessing in disguise. The former basketball star, who was in coma some days ago, has now patched things up with his estranged wife. And apparently they’ve decided to call off their divorce!
Despite the duo signing their divorce papers in July, the judge is yet to sign off, and that means they are technically still married!
According to E! News, Khloe’s lawyer, Laura Wasser hit the court this morning and asked the judge to withdraw the divorce petition. The judge agreed, and now the divorce is called off!
Meanwhile, Tmz.com reports that Lamar told Khloe over the weekend he knew he cheated death, promising, “I am done with drugs.” He also thanked her profusely for coming to Vegas and supporting him. He repeatedly told her that he loved her, and that was enough.
“We’re told Khloe made the decision right then to drop the divorce and nurse Lamar back to health”.
However, everyone in the Kardashian family reportedly thinks Khloe’s decision is sound, because they’ve heard this from Lamar before”, tmz.com finally states.
Rihanna has revealed in a recent interview that if she has to perform in West Africa she would probably do a free show.
The “What now” singer revealed this in a recent interview with author and filmmaker Miranda July which was published in The New York Times’ T Magazine. Check out highlights from the interview re-published by okayafrica.com.
The article mentions that Miranda July asked a question suggested by her Nigerien cab driver en route to the interview: when is Rihanna going to West Africa?
The Barbadian star responded, “You know what? If I ever go to West Africa, it would probably be for a free concert. I would want to do something for the people there. Maybe we can make a whole event, the way Bob Marley would have done it. Just for the people. And if they climb over the gate, let them climb over the gate.”
American singer-songwriter John Legend and his model wife Chrissy Teigen must be the happiest celebrity couple on the planet right.
The cute couple have recentlyannounced that they expecting their first child!
Chrissy who sounds pretty excited about the news made the announcement in an Instagram post on Monday (12 October) via her Instagram account in a post.
She also mentioned the challenges they have had to endure but believes their persistence was because they were eager to grow their family.
“John and I are so happy to announce that we are pregnant 🙂 As many of you know, we’ve been trying to have a baby for a while now. It hasn’t been easy, but we kept trying because we can’t wait to bring our first child into the world and grow our family. We’re so excited that it’s finally happening. Thank you for all your love and well wishes. I look forward to all the belly touching! Xx”, Chrissy Teigen posted on Instagram.
Pregnancy is definitely not one of the experiences American reality star Kim Kardashian West enjoys in life.
Opening up about her pregnancy troubles, the 34-year-old reality TV star has has revealed that she has never been one to shy away from expressing how difficult her first pregnancy was and the second pregnancy is no different.
In a post on her website www.kimkardashianwest.com , she wrote:
“I’m gonna keep it real: For me, pregnancy is the worst experience of my life! “LOL! I don’t enjoy one moment of it and I don’t understand people who enjoy it. Maybe it’s the swelling, the backaches or just the complete mind[expletive] of how your body expands and nothing fits. I just always feel like I’m not in my own skin. People just don’t tell you all of the gross things that happen during pregnancy or after. Do you know you basically have to wear a diaper for two months afterwards?! LOL! No one told me that! #SoSexy. Really, it is all SO worth it when you have your precious baby in the end! So for all my complaining, it’s 100 percent worth it and more!
It appears Kylie Jenner and Tyga are in love with their smartphones more than themselves.
The reality star and rapper were pictured on a dinner date in Calabasas on Sunday and rather than chatting to each other and into each other’s eyes , they appeared to be more preoccupied by technology.
At one point Kylie, 18 could be seen texting on her phone as Tyga just stared into the sky with his hand in his hands.
Another picture then shows the rapper then also chatting on the phone, while Kylie fails to raise a smile as she sits next to him.
The pair started dating over a year ago, and while they’ve never publicly confirmed they’re an item, they have been parading their relationship all over social media ever since the reality star turned 18.