Erasure singer Andy Bell has revealed he is HIV positive. The star told a Finnish newspaper he was diagnosed six years ago after falling ill on a trip to Majorca.
“I found out I was HIV positive in June 1998 when I had a bout of pneumonia in Majorca,” the 40-year-old singer said in a statement on the Erasure website.
“Being HIV does not mean that you have Aids. My life expectancy should be the same as anyone else’s so there is no need to panic.”
Since his diagnosis in 1998, the Erasure star has been taking combination therapy.
“I am feeling fine – in fact I have never felt better,” he told fans, thanking them for their concern.
Erasure have been on the music scene for 20 years. Chart hits include A Little Respect, Sometimes and Ship of Fools.