Salman Khan to Billy Porter: Celebrities you didn't know have battled serious illnesses

 | Updated: May 20, 2021, 06:47 PM IST

Over the years, celebrities have entertained us on and off the screen irrespective of all the struggles they are going through in their personal life. Recently in an interview, Billy Porter broke his silence and revealed he's been living with HIV for 14 years.

Here is a list of celebrities who've battled with health issues:


Salman Khan

In 2011, Salman Khan revealed that he was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia a facial nerve disorder commonly known as the suicide disease. 

“I was suffering from this nerve problem called trigeminal neuralgia. So I couldn’t talk. Had to talk like that and huge amount of pain. That’s one disease that basically has the highest rates of suicides. Over education, over everything. There is so much of pain...I suffered that,” Salman said in an interview.


Billy Porter

After dealing with HIV for more than a decade, Billy Porter broke his silence on the illness to The Hollywood Reporter in an interview. 

He was diagnosed in June 2007 and kept it a secret for years from nearly everyone, including his mother. 

“I was the generation that was supposed to know better, and it happened anyway. It was 2007, the worst year of my life. I was on the precipice of obscurity for about a decade or so, but 2007 was the worst of it. By February, I had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes," he said.

''By March, I signed bankruptcy papers. And by June, I was diagnosed HIV-positive. The shame of that time compounded with the shame that had already [accumulated] in my life silenced me, and I have lived with that shame in silence for 14 years. HIV-positive, where I come from, growing up in the Pentecostal church with a very religious family, is God’s punishment," he added.


Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez was in her early 20s when she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease lupus and was the reason behind her decision to cancel her 2013 tour and spend years out of the spotlight.


Javier Muñoz

'Hamilton' star Javier Muñoz, who is also a cancer survivor revealed that he is HIV positive. "I have been living with HIV since 2002, and I'm undetectable," Muñoz told The New York Times in 2016. "I'm healthy, I'm strong and I'm very out about that because of the stigma still attached to it."

He continued, "I have this joke — if it's funny or not funny, I don't know — but the joke is that I have died several times already, and that's how it feels. My life completely and drastically changed in 2002 when I was diagnosed with HIV, and then again last year with cancer. And you can't unknow what you know."


Amitabh Bachchan

After two years of his famous 'Coolie' set accident, Amitabh Bachchan was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, a muscle dysfunctional disorder. He was unable to perform even the simplest of tasks like brushing his teeth or lifting his arms. The disease made him physically and mentally weak and sent him into depression. 


Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury was the frontman of the rock band 'Queen' and was known for his flamboyant showmanship and powerfully agile vocals. In 1991, he released a statement telling the world he had AIDS. "Following enormous conjecture in the press, I wish to confirm that I have been tested HIV positive and have AIDS. I felt it correct to keep this information private in order to protect the privacy of those around me," Mercury said in the statement.


Hrithik Roshan

Hrithik Roshan suffered from a chronic subdural haematoma, a type of haematoma, usually associated with traumatic brain injury. Later, he underwent successful brain surgery for the removal of a clot that developed from head injuries suffered during filming. 

"I am absolutely fantastic. Even with the hole in my brain, my spirit is intact," Hrithik said.

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