After Charlie Sheen confirmed on the Today show that he’s HIV-positive, the Two and a Half Men star received support and best wishes from some of his famous friends, including Spin City co-star Heather Locklear. Now, the actor’s father, Martin Sheen, has spoken out about his son’s health and his brave decision to reveal his diagnosis to the public.
The veteran actor and longtime HIV and AIDS advocate addressed Charlie’s health battle during a speech at the CME Group’s Global Financial Leadership Conference in Florida. According to a report by Naples Daily News, the 75-year-old actor revealed that he was blown away by his son’s courage. “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.” Shortly after the interview aired on television, Martin says he called Charlie and, “I left him a message, and I said that if I had that much courage, I would change the world.”
During Charlie’s sit-down with Matt Lauer, the actor, 50, confirmed that he was diagnosed with the virus four years ago. “It started with what I thought based on this series of cluster headaches and insane migraines and sweating the bed, completely drenched, two ... three nights in a row. I thought I had a brain tumour. I thought it was over,” he said, before adding, “It’s a hard three letters to absorb. It’s a turning point in one’s life.”
Martin admitted that he has known about Charlie’s condition for some time and even though he has been encouraging his son to be open about his battle, “We didn’t know until he walked on the set this morning that he was going to do it. I saw him Saturday night, my wife and I went to see him, to make sure he knew we were behind him, and if he wanted me to go, I would have cancelled this event. He said, no, this was his and his alone.”