Actor Billy Porter is a free man since coming clean about his HIV diagnosis.
In an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon the 51-year-old has opened about how his life has changed since he revealing to the world about his diagnosis in a candid essay in The Hollywood Reporter.
“I’ve been positive since 2007. And, you know, having lived through the AIDS crisis, it was heavy for me. It was a heavy year, 2007,” he said.
“I lived with the shame of it for a really long time and last week I released that shame, I released that trauma and I am a free man, honey! Free!”
“I’ve never felt joy like this before.”
“And, you know, we talk about it in the Black church. You know, this joy that I have — the world didn’t give and the world can’t take it away,” he added. “I got it. I got some joy now. It really feels good, it really feels great.”