The late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury — who was diagnosed with HIV — refused to publicly acknowledge his condition due to the stigma attached with it until November 23, 1991. He had died from AIDS-related complications the next day.
On November 23, Freddie released a statement to the media confirming speculation that he had tested positive for the disease. “Following the enormous conjecture in the press over the last two weeks, I wish to confirm that I have been tested HIV positive and have Aids,” read Mercury’s statement.
“I felt it correct to keep this information private to date to protect the privacy of those around me. However, the time has come now for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth and I hope that everyone will join with me, my doctors, and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease.”
It's been 30 years since and now celebrities across the world are more comfortable sharing their diagnosis and the journey with their fans and well-wishers.