He made some infamously bizarre rants in 2011, and actor Charlie Sheen is now putting his very public meltdown down to taking testosterone.
In a new interview, set to be broadcast Stateside tomorrow night, Sheen tells TV shrink Dr. Oz that taking too much of the steroid was to blame.
“That was a very specific period of time that did feel very out-of-body and just very detached from all things real,” the 50-year-old admits on Dr Oz’s show on US network CBS.
“I felt superhuman during some of that. It was a lot of highs and lows. I was taking a lot of testosterone cream, and I think I went too far with it. It was kind of like a borderline . . . not a ’roid rage, but a ’roid disengage.”
The interview also sees Sheen set the record straight on his relationship with ex-wife Denise Richards.
Sheen, who announced he is HIV positive last November, hit the headlines five years ago for going on a series of rants after being fired from Two And A Half Men. He called the sitcom’s creator Chuck Lorre a “turd” and a “clown”.
The actor also said in a Today interview the same year that he didn’t need to go to rehab because the manual for Alcoholics Anonymous was “written for normal people, people that aren’t special, people that don’t have tiger blood; you know, Adonis DNA”, adding “I am on a drug. It’s called Charlie Sheen. It’s not available, because if you try it once, you will die.”
Meanwhile, a new study from San Diego State University has revealed that Sheen going public about his HIV diagnosis has resulted in a significant surge in the number of HIV-related searches on Google.
A University spokesperson revealed: “Since 2004, news reports about HIV decreased from 67 stories per 1,000 to 12 stories per 1,000 in 2015. Sheen’s disclosure also corresponded with the greatest number of HIV-related Google searches ever recorded in the United States.”
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