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Martin Sheen Speaks Out About Charlie Sheen's HIV Diagnosis

Martin Sheen Speaks Out About Charlie Sheen's HIV Diagnosis

Martin Sheen has reportedly spoken out in support of his son Charlie Sheen‘s reveal that he has HIV.

“He had been leading up to this sort of story for several months, and we kept encouraging him to do it,” the 75-year-old actor said while on stage at the CME Group’s Global Financial Leadership Conference, according to E! News. “He kept backing away and backing away because it was like going to his own execution, I guess. It was the most difficult thing he’d ever done. And he kind of sealed it when he called Matt Lauer last week and asked if he could go on.”

“This morning, as I watched him alone, reveal his deepest, darkest secret, I couldn’t believe the level of courage I was witnessing, and that it was my son. I left him a message, and I said that if I had that much courage, I would change the world,” Martin continued.

Click inside to read the rest of what he had to say…

“As a father, I dare say that if I were to ask, just a general question in this room, how many of you have children or spouses or nieces, nephews, uncles, clients, who are dealing with drugs or alcohol. I dare say that there isn’t a person in here that wouldn’t raise their hand.”

“When someone comes to themself, they have the moment of clarity, and they reveal their secrets”which all of us have”in public, it is a great sense of relief. It is a miraculous occasion.”

“I just want to encourage all of you that have children, spouses, aunts, uncles, clients, that are involved in any form of addiction to realize that it’s a disease and if it they had cancer, you wouldn’t think of them any differently. But most importantly, people, and I speak from my own personal experience, most people who become addicted are looking for a transcendent experience. They are looking for one, the other, God, whatever it is, and naturally they shortcut the journey because, the apparition. I hope that this day is the first day of the rest of Charlie’s life as a free man.”

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  • Koos

    his words: hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • GFW

    I couldn’t agree more with his dad. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own missteps. This is why they drink, over-eat, do drugs, sex, gamble, shop, whatever. Loneliness does not come from not having people about us, but from being unable to communicate the deepest things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible, out of fear of rejection, abandonment, or even love, or like this reveal. It set him free. No one has that power over him anymore. I do hope he keeps his word and lives up to his commitment made on Live TV too. Feel having their support was major in this outing. He wasn’t going anywhere but deeper into an abyss by staying quiet. Now he has to deal with the blow-back of those creeps coming out of the closet he’s slept with, and that won’t be easy, but he’s no longer alone either. Hell is eternal apartness.

  • MollyBD

    Courage? Where was Charlie’s courage when he didn’t tell ALL the thousands of women he had sex with he was HIV? NO he did not tell them. How courageous is it to finally admit this only because he was being blackmailed? That’s courage? Martin should have kept his mouth shut. He’s saying his son has courage for admitting he was/is a total a**hole. And he still is one.

  • GFW

    I disagree. Of course you can’t empathize. Who can? Sadly you’re failing to show any sympathy, but he had to do something. Otherwise these people would have gobbled him up financially for the fool he was, and still is in many ways. He’s an addict. A multi-addict. Addicts don’t come to reason unless they hit a personal bottom. He did. His Dad is going to love him no matter what, but saying this wasn’t easy isn’t being fair. It was hard. Yeah, he’s still an a**hole but so are you for the belligerence in your sentiments.

  • Ladyd712

    Sorry the only reason he came forward is the media already new. He admitted himself that he was actually paying people to keep it quiet and they had started to talk. According to at least one ex, he never informed her he was HIV positive and they did have unprotected sex. So do not make a hero out of this man. He gives a bad name to those who are living with HIV and behaving responsibly.

  • GFW

    Fact is there is no way he could keep something like this quiet and tried to for too long. Yes, he came ‘out’ because too many knew already. That doesn’t mean the world knows like it does now. Not an easy thing for anyone to do.

  • Ladyd712

    He is trying to gain sympathy from some, apparently it has worked. That is the only reason he spoke out, to beat those who were prepared to do it for him. The fact is he knew he was HIV positive and didn’t tell at least some of his sexual partners. He is a low life.

  • GFW

    Yes, he’s a low-life. Yes, he had to come out or they would. I still don’t see your point? Is your point he had to come out or others would? Then yes, but it still believe it or not, took some guts. I take it you’re a woman, as women we do this a lot, open-up, reveal, etc, but for men? Not as easy. It’s a big deal. Granted he grandstanded and will make the most from it, he needs that $10M back and will get it somehow. He isn’t my favorite Sheen, don’t get me wrong. There isn’t much sympathy either, but for the fact he knew he couldn’t wear the mask any more. Been there, have you? The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely. I think he has. Is it pretty? No. Is he a good man? No. He’s done some rotten things due to his addictions, but people can get clean and sober and reboot, why not him too?

  • Ladyd712

    No I am not perfect, I acknowledge my faults and apologize when I screw up and am truly sorry for the mistakes I have made. That being said I have never deceived anyone and endangered anyone’s health/life. I just did not feel he was sincere or really regretted what he had done to others as opposed to what he has done to himself. He actually lied about what his illness was to a woman he was living with. I don’t believe he has a heart.

  • GFW

    He’s an addict that why. Addicts are self-focused, narcissistic, selfish, egotistical, driven only to find and use their drug, whatever that is. They live for the next fix. It is all they think about, want to do, even if after they feel like crap full of self-hate, remorse, and shame. They’ll shake that off as soon as their ‘itch’ for their ‘drug’ of choice rekindles, and it always does. Charlie has the best doctors to help him, shrinks on speed dial (hypothesizing) but comes from a good family and it’ll be that which keeps him afloat, and his fear of dying, not any of his enabling “friends” as they’re co-addicts too most likely. Addicts don’t have friends, just enablers.

  • deadre

    There is something so wrong with the way they’re trying to spin this. “he was so courageous, going to his own execution”? HIV/Aids has made tremendous strides, especially in not viliffying those who contact it. He’s putting them back 30 years by doing just that. It’s not that he has an awful disease, he is the disease.

  • Ladyd712

    I lost two cousins who were addicts. And yes they did steal from family, friends etc… While these acts are selfish it is not the same as what he did. And he made the choice to use drugs. He had all the advantages in life and he self indulged because he liked it. He didn’t tell his partners he was HIV positive because he knew a good portion if not all would have said no way. I also lost respect for his father for speaking up about his sons courage. What did he say about the women his son played Russian roulette with?

  • GFW

    Charlie got tons of money from Hollywood for being handsome, witty, charming and smooth operator. It in itself fed his insecurities and while his foundations for his addiction(s) were there the parties, temptations, drugs, etc, were all thrown at him. I’m not making excuses because like you said, he’d an educated man, who came for a good family, who knows right from wrong. But like Matt said on GMA, when you’re in that intensity of pursuit (of sex) all values, good characteristic traits, morals, self-made promises, you name it, fly out the window for the Now of it all. What he did by not telling those who went with the (pardon my words here) scumbag was wrong. But frankly if I was one of those women, I’d have insisted 2 condoms or no deal and have them if he didn’t. He’d have used them. So, my brittle point, is it takes two to tango. His Dad’s a true father who might realize more than most just how difficult this was for Charlie.

  • Do Tell

    I still believe something probably happened to Charlie Sheen when he was young to make him live the way he has lived. It is terribly extreme and abnormal. He is the son of Martin Sheen and he sticks out like a sore thumb. I think the family knows what caused this behavior and that’s why they are supportive of him. I think he was traumatized some way, so they feel only feel sympathy and love for him.

    On a morning talk show, it was said that Sheen hired women, men & transexuals–and I always thought he was solely into females. Something new every day.

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  • Verónica Gómez

    “if I had that much courage, I would change the world”, yeah, that’s because you, Martin, have noble ideals. Charlie, apparently, only cares about himself, sex and drugs, not very noble…