Before his new memoir Topped (Outside September 24), Jonathan Van Ness Sitting Quir Eyes Down7  York Times to discuss the book and reveal that it is HIV positive.
In the book, Van Ness, 32, wrote about getting a diagnosis at the age of 25. it was just as devastating as you would think it would be, "he said. Now, according to Times he is healthy and "describes himself as a proud member of the beautiful HIV-positive community."
Finding his status was a decision Van Ness struggled with when Queer Eye became a sensation. "When Queer Eye came out, it was really difficult because I was like, 'Do I want to talk about my condition? "He said before the publication. "And then I was like, 'The Trump administration has done everything it can to stigmatize L.G.B.T. the community is thriving around me. "… I feel the need to talk about it."
Van Ness also discloses sexual abuse by an older boy as a child and how it "planted the seed for other self-destructive behavior" "" Many traumatic sexual abuse survivors have many complex traumas, "he said
The makeup expert is also frank about his addictive history, revealing the use of cocaine in college and the use of methamphetamine in his early 20s that led to two experiences in rehabilitation According to Times he still drinks and smokes marijuana, but "it's not used a shaft of heavy drugs for years. "
" These are increasingly difficult topics to talk about during a hair and makeup show, "Van Ness said." That doesn't mean Queer Eye is less valid, but I want people to realize that you are never broken to be repaired. "
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