The adept creative Lee Daniels has lifted the lid on his dark and difficult past.
Why he wanted to contract the acquired immune deficiency syndrome?
Find out below…
During a speech given at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and TV he revealed that his painful childhood and the loss of a number of friends drove him to danger.
It [AIDS] wiped away all of my friends. I had no friends… it was terrifying, because we never knew whether you could drink from glasses or what it was. It was the most terrifying thing ever. I didn’t understand why it was that I wasn’t [dead], because there were far better souls than me that we’re [dying]. I thought that I needed to go. And so I descended into drugs and into sexual bathhouses to die.
That I don’t have AIDS is a miracle from God. I really don’t understand it, because I should have had HIV. Everybody else did.
His admission comes after a recent study revealed that approximately 36 million people around the world are living with the disease.