Eurovision champion Conchita Wurst has posted an emotional message to her fans on instagram, explaining that she is HIV positive.
The singer said that she has been HIV positive for many years now and that an ex-boyfriend was threatening to expose her illness to the public, so she chose to take control of the situation and tell her fans herself.
We have translated her emotional message below:
"Today is the day to free me from the sword of Damocles for the rest of my life: I have been HIV-positive for many years. This is actually irrelevant to the public, but an ex-boyfriend threatens me to go public with this private information, and I will not give anyone the right to frighten me and influence my life in the future.
"Since I received the diagnosis, I am in medical treatment, and for many years without interruption under the detection limit, so that so not able to pass on the virus. I did not want to go public with it for a couple of reasons so far, I just want to mention two of them here: the most important one was my family, which has known and supported me unconditionally since day one.
"I would have gladly spared you the attention of the HIV status of your son, grandson and brother. Likewise, my friends have been aware of it for quite some time and are handling it in an unbiased way that I would like to wish for everyone and everyone concerned. Secondly, it is an information that I believe is mainly relevant to those people with whom sexual contact is an option.
"Coming out is better than being outed by third. I hope to build up courage and take another step against the stigmatization of people who have become infected by HIV, either through their own behavior or through no fault of their own.
"To my fans: the information about my HIV status may be new to you - my status is not! I'm well and well, I'm stronger, more motivated and liberated than ever. Thank you for your support!"
The Austrian singer rose to international fame in 2014 when she performed her Eurovision-winning song 'Rise Like A Phoenix'.
Fans have showered Conchita with support after she posted the message.