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Charlie Sheen wasn’t ‘responsible’ before HIV diagnosis

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 12:22 PM

Charlie Sheen broke the news of his HIV diagnosis last month on the “Today” show. He said he came forward to put an end to extortion attempts from people offering to keep the news quiet in exchange for cash.Peter Kramer/AP

Charlie Sheen broke the news of his HIV diagnosis last month on the “Today” show. He said he came forward to put an end to extortion attempts from people offering to keep the news quiet in exchange for cash.

Charlie Sheen is finally admitting what everyone knew for years — he wasn’t always a model citizen.

“I should have been more responsible and more concerned for myself,” the HIV-positive actor told the National Enquirer, referring to his reckless sex life before his diagnosis four years ago.

Sheen went public with his HIV diagnosis just before the National Enquirer published its scoop.National Enquirer

Sheen went public with his HIV diagnosis just before the National Enquirer published its scoop.

Still, the actor — who revealed last month that he had contracted the virus that causes AIDS in a bid to end extortion efforts — says he’s hopeful and never considered ending his life.

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“I didn’t, no,” he said. “I’ve never been that guy.”

He later described himself as “sober, focused, hopeful, vigilant” and even “poetic” in the interview with the newspaper that, ironically, broke the story of Sheen’s HIV status. He sat down for the interview with his old nemesis to send a message to the world that he’ll lead the fight against AIDS.

“This disease picked the wrong guy,” he said. “If anybody can fight this thing and discover a cure, it’s me. I will exhaust every resource available to me. … Perhaps everything that led up to this was to gain the spotlight of popularity to finally deliver a message that truly matters.”

In a previously released “open letter,” the 50-year-old actor called his HIV diagnosis a “mule kick to my soul” that sent him into a downward spiral of excessive drinking, drug use and destructive behavior that some likened to the actions of a suicidal man. But he has continued his anti-viral treatment and remains healthy.

“I’m grateful for everything I’ve been able to do in life,” said Sheen, who vowed to keep working in Hollywood. “I’ve made a lot of people laugh and see the world differently through me. Now, maybe it’s time to change the world.”

MONDAY, JAN. 14, 2013, FILE PHOTOBebeto Matthews/AP

The public still loves Charlie Sheen.

jsettembre@nydailynews.com

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