Lee Daniels is best known for directing PRECIOUS, and then again for his hit TV series EMPIRE. Well he gave a little bit of insight into his health status. Here's a description of his recent interview with Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film & TV:
All my friends were dying [from AIDS]. I was making an enormous amount of money [operating an agency for nurses.] I came from extreme poverty. I didn’t know what to do with the money, so what do you do? Houses, clothes, I don’t know. Drugs, parties, at 22-23-ish. And still directing theater. And AIDS hit. And again, it wiped away all of my friends. I had no friends. And we were all together because their parents weren’t taking them in. And we were burying each other, because most parents, 90 percent of the parents, were not taking them in.”
“We never knew whether you could drink from glasses or what it was. It was the most terrifying thing ever. And I didn’t understand why it was that I wasn’t [dead], because there were far better souls than me that were going. I thought that I needed to go. And so I descended into drugs and into sexual bathhouses to die. That I don’t have AIDS is a miracle from God. I don’t understand it. I really don’t understand it. Because I should have had HIV. Everybody else did.”
We wonder how he was able to avoid the disease?