Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star Lee Thompson (aka Uncle Poodle) revealed in an interview with Fenuxe that he’s HIV-positive, all thanks (but no thanks) to a disingenuous ex-boyfriend.
“I knew it had been my boyfriend who infected me," Lee said. “I later learned he had been HIV-positive and was not taking medication and had not bothered to tell me about it. I was advised that I should press charges and, hesitantly, I did. It was the right thing to do.”
“I would have been cool with his HIV status if he had been honest. I don’t have an issue with the disease,” he continued. “I would have known how to protect myself.”
By opening up publicly about his personal struggles, Lee is hoping to promote safe sex — as well as contribute to anti-bullying campaigns. “I know what it is like to be bullied. I know what it is like to live with HIV. I can help and I want to.”
We admire his courage in speaking out, and we hope his dream of headlining his own reality show — about being gay in the South — comes true. Here Comes Uncle Poodle certainly has a nice ring to it! Are you taking notes, TLC?