Alyssa Milano’s Who’s the Boss co-star has HIV

Danny PintauroAlyssa Milano, 42, was appearing on The Talk this week when she burst in tears while talking about her former Who’s the Boss co-star Danny Pintauro.

Last Saturday, Danny, now 39, revealed on Oprah: Where Are They Now? that’s he’s been keeping a secret for the past 12 years. He is HIV positive.

He also spoke up about his drug use — in particular, his abuse of the drug crystal meth. Speaking to Oprah, he explained that he began using it in 2003 because “crystal meth takes away your inhibitions – you have no limits.”

Alyssa admitted that she and Danny have not been in contact, and that she learned these facts along with the rest of the world, but she also said she was proud of him for revealing the truth about his life, expressing the fact that going public was a very brave thing to do.

“I hate that it took him so long to feel comfortable, but I’m so glad that he is able to express himself now, and I guarantee you he will change so many lives.”

She said that both Tony Danza and Judith Light, the adult stars of the comedy series that ran from 1984 to 1992, had prior knowledge, and they are all supportive, proud and stand by Danny.

She added: “I’m so grateful that this disease is now being discussed again because it feels like there was such a long time that it wasn’t, and he is a beacon of light, and he will be. I’m proud.” ~Sharon Salsberg

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  1. cliffmar • October 1, 2015 @ 2:09 PM

    When are people going to learn “It doesn’t pay to be gay!” Sad

  2. TeeDee • October 1, 2015 @ 2:30 PM

    Cliffmar–you win the award for dumbest comment of the day. You’re the one who is sad, not to mention a bigot.

  3. Kris • October 1, 2015 @ 4:11 PM

    Cliffmar, you do know it’s the 21st century right? You should step into it….

  4. Helene Loper • October 1, 2015 @ 6:13 PM

    Too bad there are always immature people who have rude comments and judge people who are going through a health crisis. It took a lot of courage for him to come public, maybe this will educate some people on how to avoid going through the same thing, such as shared needles and unprotected intimacy or accidental contact with their blood during healthcare etc….

  5. Ron • October 2, 2015 @ 2:39 PM

    Does it pay to be straight. Where do I pick up my cheque.

  6. LisaLipstick • October 2, 2015 @ 6:19 PM

    NO WHERE in the article does it say that he is GAY. It only mentions that he is HIV positive, and that he used crystal meth. There is NO mention of his sexual orientation.

  7. G • October 2, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

    Cliffmar, you must be as stupid & ignorant as your comment is..

  8. L • October 2, 2015 @ 11:45 PM

    For this young man I would wish a different life… a wife and children, pets, health, happiness and all the blessings that God can give.

  9. E • October 2, 2015 @ 11:49 PM

    It’s unfortunatle how his life turned out and it’s also amazing how so many people pretend to support homosexuality when they actually don’t

  10. EE • October 4, 2015 @ 2:01 AM

    THX for saying so, E. People are so hilarious in the way that they act like they’re so onboard with the whole gay thing and that “it’s the 21st century” like if you’re not down with homosexuality, you’re a prehistoric moron or just not with it. Either that or maybe these same people believe homosexuality is a new thing. I am not a fan of bigotry whatsoever but if you’re anti-gay, keep your stupid comments to yourself; yes you, Cliffmar.
    As for the others, quit acting like you’re so cool with being gay.

  11. Animal lover • October 5, 2015 @ 10:29 PM

    To LisaLipstick

    He did come out about 5 years ago just so u know. He’s brave to come out and to admit he has HIV. Because there are so many homophobes out there, like Cliffmar he should admire him for his honesty.

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