Rupert Everett admitted he was “walking in the opposite direction” when a friend was diagnosed with HIV in the 1980s

“You had a friend who got HIV and developed into AIDS, and it must have been terrifying for you and for him,” said Morgan,

“I don’t think I was at my best, and what people struggle to imagine right now is what a lengthy and painful, humiliating and scary death it was””

“Some friends of mine who survived and didn’t have it were so amazing to their lovers and friends that wasn’t me I was very scared of it and kind of ran in the opposite direction,” he said

Rupert Everett also spoke about the first time he heard about HIV, which at the time was known as the “gay plague” or “gay cancer”

The actor, who identified himself as gay but had sexual relations with both men and women, was having an “affair” with an actress in a London hotel at the time

“She was in the bathtub and I was watching TV and this picture of this guy I slept with came up,” Everett said

“And I knew the world was literally standing still and when the sound came in they said, ‘This guy is one of the first to get the new gay cancer’ so I was really horrified and shocked from then on, and we were immediately cast out ”

Rupert Everett spoke of the stigma that strange men faced in their daily lives, revealing that restaurant staff “would carefully take your plate off the table and wash it separately” when they finished eating / p>

Elsewhere in the interview, Everett talked about his sexual encounters with men and women in the 80s and 90s

When asked if Morgan thought he was bisexual, Everett said, “I loved everyone who cared about me. I came from such a strict, tense world that every time I had sex I thought: “Whoa, I’m alive!”

He also spoke of his long affair with TV presenter Paula Yates, who tragically died in September 2000

Rupert Everett said he simply “ignored” Yates’ husband, Bob Geldof, and did not feel at all guilty about the matter

“It would be for her to feel guilty, not for me. I’m not married to Bob,” he said

The actor also announced that he was visiting the same pub as the infamous serial killer Rupert Everett, who was targeting gay and homeless men, saying he “could have been killed”

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