Danny Pintauro, ‘Who’s the Boss?’ child star, reveals he got HIV while on …

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Who’s the Boss?’ star Danny Pintauro is HIV positive.

Pintauro, told talk show queen Oprah Winfrey during Saturday’s episode of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” that he was diagnosed with the virus in 2003 but awaited until now to go public with the news, reports hollywoodreporter.com. “I wanted to tell you this a long time ago, but I wasn’t ready – I’m ready now – that I’m HIV positive, and I have been for 12 years. Unlike countless other child stars who crash and burn before they can legally drink, the 27-year-old man who once played the tow-headed child sprite Jonathan on “Who’s the Boss?” was not dead or in jail.

It’s not something that people are talking about right now really,” Pintauro, 39, said. “I missed the opportunity to be a beacon of light for gay kids who were going through what I was going through because I was outed – it wasn’t by choice,” he said. But after graduating from Stanford University and heading to New York, he was a bit adrift. “So as soon as I got to New York all that stopped and I suddenly went, ‘Who am I?’ ” he said in 2004. “I had no idea. We’re very separate people.” Work wasn’t necessarily the problem — Pintauro has been performing on-and-off since he finished college, even if only in modest productions of “Shear Madness.” Perhaps surprisingly, his sexuality wasn’t an issue either. Pintauro came out “before everybody,” he said, on the advice of TV mom Judith Light, way back in 1997 after a tabloid threatened to do the job for him.

The young man, whose character used to confide in Light and Tony Danza on national television, told Oprah Winfrey in a dramatic interview aired over the weekend, about his crystal meth use and HIV diagnosis. “I went in for a regular checkup,” he said. “You know, as a responsible gay man, you’re getting an HIV test done every six months …. You don’t have to be terrified anymore.” “There was more that I wanted to explore sexually,” Pintauro told Winfrey. “Crystal meth takes away your inhibitions. And if you want to explore that adventurous side, taking the drug is going to put you there.” But after his diagnosis, Pintauro said he got more responsible.

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