Danny Pintauro recently revealed that he has been HIV-positive for 12 years, but the former child star told his “Who’s the Boss?” family about his health news ahead of his announcement to Oprah Winfrey on “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” In an interview with Good Day New York on Monday, Pintauro’s “Who’s the Boss?” co-star Judith Light revealed that she is proud of her TV son.
Light revealed that Pintauro, 39, has kept her in the loop “all the way along” before, during and since he came out in 1997. She also praised Pintauro for talking publicly about being HIV-positive. “He is being incredibly proactive,” she said of Pintauro. “He now has an incredible husband [Wil Tabares]. And so he’s giving a different face to what is still a disease that has not been handled.”
Light added that she wasn’t worried about Danny Pintauro opening up about his HIV status on Oprah’s show. “I wasn’t worried because I knew that he was taking responsibility for it, and I knew that he was taking care of himself,” she said. And you can see how well he’s doing.”
In an interview with People, Danny Pintauro said that his sitcom co-star Tony Danza has also been there for him. “Tony, of course, was that fatherly, like, making sure I’m okay and just sort of being on board but worried about me more than anything and worried about what people would say and how I’ll be able to take care of myself and all of that,” he said. “I appreciate it, for sure.”
Danny Pintauro told Oprah that his HIV diagnosis came after routine blood work. The former child star revealed that he engaged in risky behavior after doing crystal meth in 2003. Pintauro first came out as gay in 1997 after a tabloid reporter threatened to out him, but he kept his HIV status a secret for 12 years.
During a guest appearance on “The Talk,” Danny Pintauro’s “Who’s the Boss?” co-star Alyssa Milano broke down in tears when asked about his HIV announcement. Milano revealed that she had lost touch with her co-star and no idea that Pintauro had HIV until she heard about it on Oprah’s show. Milano called Pintauro “very brave” and ” a beacon of light.”