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8 Celebrities Whose Illnesses Have Gone Public

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  • Selena Gomez

    Selena Gomez

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     When Selena Gomez took a break from making music at the end of 2013, fans were wondering what was up with the former Disney star. During a visit to the Ellen Degeneres show in October 2015, Gomez opened up about her battle with Lupus. The 23-year-old checked herself into a rehabilitation facility called The Meadows in Arizona where she is said to have been "spending some time on myself."

    The Texas native explains that while her Lupus will never go away, she will continue to take care of herself, make more music, and be a voice for others diagnosed with the autoimmune disease.

  • Yolanda Hadid Foster

    Yolanda Hadid Foster

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    It was only one year after marrying David Foster (now in the process of divorcing), when former model Yolanda Foster felt that she was changing from the inside out. The mom of three was looking for answers and she began losing brain function, including not being able to read and write.

    Foster eventually discovered she had neurological Lyme disease and for the last three years, has been traveling the globe to find a cure for the autoimmune diseases. Although Foster is still struggling mentally, she remains adamant on social media that she is taking the responsibility to find the cure and help others.

  • Charlie Sheen

    Charlie Sheen

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     While many say Charlie Sheen's HIV Positive diagnosis doesn't come as a surprise, the actor came clean during an appearance on the Today Show  last month. Diagnosed four years ago, Sheen says he has been adamant in not infecting his slew of sexual partners.

    "I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about the threatening the health of so many others, which couldn't be farther from the truth."

  • Alanis Morissette

    Alanis Morissette

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    Alanis Morissette, the 41-year-old singer and mother of one recently opened up to Women's Health Magazine about her struggles with eating disorders in her early 20's.

    Although now she takes care of herself spiritually and with yoga and meditation, Morissette admits, "I've been so disassociated for most of my life, and it's shown up in various forms like eating disorders and not having boundaries around having sex as a young person and just not being aware of boundaries and having a lot of mine be violated and not considered."

  • Angelina Jolie

    Angelina Jolie

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    Angelina Jolie took a brave step of faith a couple of years ago when she underwent a double mastectomy — a surprise to her loyal fans. According to the mother of six, doctors had detected a cancerous gene that could likely have led to breast cancer — the same cancer that killed Jolie's mother, Marcheline.

    "I'm very happy I made the decision," revealed Jolie. "I was very fortunate to have great doctors and very, very fortunate to have a good recovery and have a project like Unbroken to have something to be really focused on, to be getting healthy for, and to be able to just get right back to work."

  • Avril Lavigne

    Avril Lavigne

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     Singer Avril Lavigne, 30, was first diagnosed with Lyme disease back in 2013. And two years after treatment, Lavigne reveals that she is almost back to her health after being bedridden for practically five months. And she hopes to help others in the same journey with Lyme.

    "There is hope. Lyme disease does exist. And you can get better," tells Lavigne.

  • Demi Lovato

    Demi Lovato

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    Demi Lovato, Disney star and famed singer, has been faced with scrutiny about her weight since the young age of 12. And unfortunately, that criticism carried on through her career. Lovato turned to overeating, bingeing and purging, before finally getting help as an adult. 

    And now with various tattoos to remind her to be strong, Lovato claims, "My eating disorder will continue to affect me for the rest of my life, but I'm proud to say that I got the help I needed, and am now the happiest and healthiest I have ever been."

  • Magic Johnson

    Magic Johnson

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    Unlike Charlie Sheen, Magic Johnson has been living with his HIV Positive secret for more than twenty years. The overwhelmingly big and lovable basketball pro found out in 1991 that he was HIV Positive.

    It was his doctor of the L.A. Lakers who shared the heartbreaking news. At the time, Johnson was newly married to Cookie, who was expecting their first child.

    "God blessed us when the test results came back on her and the baby that she didn't have HIV and the baby didn't either."

    Earlier last month, the former basketball star tweeted his condolences to Charlie Sheen, also diagnosed as HIV Positive. "I wish Charlie Sheen and his family the best. With the advancement in treatments and medicine, he can fight this disease and live a long life."


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Charlie Sheen recently revealed probably one of his darkest secrets to the public. Last month on The Today Show, the actor shared that he has been diagnosed as HIV Positive and has known for four years.

Sheen isn't the only celebrity to come forward with health issues over the last years. And in an industry where appearance is cherished and reputations are easily tarnished, there are some impressive stories of singers, actors and reality stars opening the vault to their medical history in hopes to help others on similar journeys. 

Take a look through the slideshow of other celebrities who have shared their personal health struggles.


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