Pose star Billy Porter reveals he is HIV positive


Pose star Billy Porter, 51, reveals he’s HIV positive but kept it secret for 14 years because he was ‘ashamed’

Pose star Billy Porter has revealed he is HIV positive but kept his diagnosis secret for 14 years because he was ‘ashamed’. 

The 51-year-old Broadway star and award-winning actor broke his silence in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. 

Porter revealed that he was diagnosed back in June 2007.  

‘For a long time, everybody who needed to know, knew – except for my mother. I was trying to have a life and a career, and I wasn’t certain I could if the wrong people knew. 

‘It would just be another way for people to discriminate against me.

‘I was embarrassed. I was ashamed. I was the statistic that everybody said I would be.’  

Pose star Billy Porter, 51, broke his 14-year silence on his HIV positive diagnosis in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday

Until now, Porter said he has been using his Pray Tell character (pictured above) in the FX series Pose, who is also HIV-positive, as his proxy

Until now, Porter said he has been using his Pray Tell character (pictured above) in the FX series Pose, who is also HIV-positive, as his proxy

Until now, Porter said he has been using his Pray Tell character in the FX series Pose, who is also HIV-positive, as his proxy.

‘I was able to say everything that I wanted to say through a surrogate,’ Porter said.

The star added that nobody involved in the show knew he was drawing on his own experience and life. 

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