Though the public was just made aware of Charlie Sheen’s HIV status, there are more clues that his family, including father Martin Sheen and brother Emilio Esteves, have known for quite a while. Martin Sheen has been supporting AIDS/HIV-related charities for almost thirty years, and both family members have picked up their support since the time Charlie Sheen was diagnosed.
According to the Inquisitr, Martin Sheen has been an emotional rock for Charlie Sheen since his diagnosis. When Charlie Sheen found out he was HIV positive, he went into a deep depression, and with his father’s advice, he was able to finally get free of recreational drugs and become a stable force to fight the virus, and be a father to his children. Martin Sheen was able to advise Charlie based on his own battle with drugs and alcohol.
E! Online says that though the Sheen family has supported AIDS/HIV causes throughout the years, most recently Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez partnered to support a Cinema Against AIDS event in Toronto.
“Most recently, Sheen partnered with son Emilio Estevez at the Cinema Against AIDS Toronto event in 2010, where more than $1 million was raised to benefit amfAR.”
Martin Sheen alluded to AIDS/HIV being personal for him, according to E! Online.
“‘I don’t know anyone in my profession… who has not been touched by this dreadful disease,’ Sheen said during a news conference in 1988. The actor turned activist was on hand to criticize a report that claimed AIDS could be spread through casual contact, saying the misconception ‘takes us back to square one. It’s feeding paranoia and fear. It is very dangerous and counterproductive.'”
Martin Sheen said that finding out that a “close family member” was affected by the virus, he knew he had to get involved.
“My rage was such that it was almost uncontrollable because he didn’t tell us [that he had AIDS.] I found it hard to forgive myself that I didn’t love enough [to earn Crane’s trust]. I vowed that that would never happen again.”
Martin Sheen says that he doesn’t separate any of his advocacy projects from each other.
“I don’t call these different ’causes’ because that relates to a separation and I don’t separate one aspect of life from another,” Martin says. “AIDS, abortion, the homeless, apartheid, the farm workers… all of these are social justice issues and I agree with the [Catholic] Church’s concept of the seamless garment. You cannot separate these issues.”
The Telegraph confirms that Charlie Sheen needs his family to rally round him in order to stop the barrage of lawsuits that were actually threats to keep his secret. Both Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez have fairly stable lives, and families of their own. Now that Sheen is drug free, and is allegedly curbing his alcohol intake, he will likely be more receptive to family help.
“Despite sleeping with over 5,000 women, by his own admission, Sheen said it was ‘impossible’ that he had infected anyone. But he said he was braced for a barrage of law suits, given that in 35 states infecting someone with HIV is a criminal offence.”
In addition to Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen (born Carlos Estevez) has another brother, Ramon, and a sister, Renee.
Do you think the Sheen family will continue to rally around Charlie Sheen?
[Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images]