Veteran actor Martin Sheen has spoken publicly about the HIV diagnosis his son Charlie Sheen revealed this week on NBC’s “Today” show.
E! News reports that the elder Sheen, who has been active in HIV-related causes, expressed admiration for his son’s courage.
Martin Sheen talked about the situation during Tuesday’s Global Financial Leadership Conference put on by CME Group. He reportedly said of his son: “He had been leading up to this sort of story for several months, and we kept encouraging him to do it. He kept backing away and backing away because it was like going to his own execution, I guess.”
He added: “It was the most difficult thing he’d ever done.”
Martin Sheen’s comments were previously reported by the Naples Daily News.
Addressing the conference crowd, the elder Sheen said: “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. I left him a message, and I said that if I had that much courage, I would change the world.”