Anyone with a reckless lifestyle involving drugs and prostitutes can suffer serious consequences, as one leading man has reportedly learned the hard way. According to a new report, one of the best-known actors in the world is secretly battling HIV after getting the shocking diagnosis two years ago. Multiple insiders told Radar Online the superstarhas shared the news with friends, but fears the public wouldn't think of him the same way if they learned the truth.
“His worst fear is that he will be remembered not as a great actor but as someone who contracted the disease," one source said. Insiders explained the middle-aged actor — who was known for injecting drugs and a “playboy lifestyle" — confided in friends about the diagnosis in October 2014. One of those insiders said the actor's prognosis is good, thanks to the “AIDS Cocktail" of medications he's taking.
However, friends expressed concern that the actor is still exposing others to the deadly virus. “It could well be a public health hazard," one person said. Others explained the actor's “spent an elaborate fortune" on keeping former partners quiet while he continuesto sleep with unknowing conquests.
That may be coming to an end, as the insiders said the actor's diagnosis has recently become an “open secret" in Hollywood. When not working, sources said the star now retreats to his home, where he is “tortured by the thought that his acting genius will be forgotten" if the secret goes public.
Thankfully, treatment for HIV has come a long way in the past decades. And, as people like Magic Johnson demonstrate, it's completely possible to live a fulfilling, meaningful life after the diagnosis.