Charlie Sheen‘s frank November admission of being HIV positive on the Today show simmered down after weeks of followups. His initial revelation was met with angry reactions from exes and former co-star Jenny McCarthy, who doubled down with unsavory comments after an initial “ick” comment. Through all that, Sheen mostly kept things quiet on his end, but he’s ready to talk again.
In an epic interview with The National Enquirer, Sheen comes out swinging against the life-threatening disease. Sheen confesses to feeling better after making the announcement but wishes it happened “sooner.” He’s grateful for the outpouring of support he received, and he feels hopeful and sober. The entire interview is a thoughtful meditation from a guy known for outlandish statements. Sheen admits his party lifestyle was too much, but he can’t change the past. He’s ready to fight a public battle and help find a cure:
“It was shortly [after diagnosis] — I think it was the second day — I said to my mom, ‘This disease picked the wrong guy.’ If anybody can fight this thing and discover a cure, it’s me. I will exhaust every resource available to me. I will sit with every expert. I will move forward until something’s revealed.”
Sheen insists that he’s not (nor has he ever been) suicidal. He does, however, admit to feeling shock, denial, and anger after his diagnosis — but he has a plan: