Charlie Sheen Decided Not to Tell His Younger Kids About His HIV Announcement: Find Out Why

Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, Charlie Sheen confirmed on the Today show that he is, in fact, HIV-positive. But several people who are very important to the 50-year-old actor were kept out of the loop about his big announcement.

A source confirms to Us Weekly that Sheen did not tell four of his five children about his diagnosis. “He didn’t tell the kids because they are so young and wouldn’t understand,” the source tells Us.

Sheen’s eldest daughter, Cassandra, 30, was informed in advance, but he opted not to tell his daughters Sam, 11, and Lola, 10, whom he shares with ex-wife Denise Richards, and his 6-year-old twins, Bob and Max, whom he shares with ex-wife Brooke Mueller.

Another source tells Us, “This really does not pertain to Brooke’s kids. They are 6 years old. Bob and Max aren’t exposed to any of the media coverage about this and don’t even know what HIV is.”

During his Today show interview, Sheen claimed that he’d been extorted out of millions of dollars from people threatening to reveal that he’s HIV-positive.

“What people forget is that that’s money they’re taking from my children,” he told Matt Lauer. “They think it’s just me, but I’ve got five kids and a granddaughter.”

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