Even though Charlie Sheen’s candor about his highly active sexuality is part of our contemporary popular culture, the news he’s about to go public with his HIV-positive status likely will shock many.
In the wake of several supermarket tabloid revelations, NBC announced Monday that the actor will sit down with “Today” anchor Matt Lauer Tuesday to officially reveal his HIV status.
In a press release, the network only stated that Sheen will make “a revealing personal announcement” on the long-running morning news program.
The National Enquirer reported Monday that the flamboyant actor has kept his diagnosis secret for a number of years. It’s expected he will discuss that aspect of his life with Lauer on Tuesday.
The Enquirer reported that it had conducted an 18-month investigation, noting Sheen, 50, had a history of sex with porn stars, strippers and other individuals.
The tabloid quoted a source saying, “Charlie thought he was indestructible and took no precautions — even though he was indulging in high-risk sex practices.”
The “Today” interview will air in Chicago on Tuesday morning on WMAQ-Channel 5.