Michael Quattlebaum Jr., better known as Mykki Blanco, made a brave statement last night on his official Facebook page. The Harlem rapper told his 51,000-plus followers that he has been HIV positive since 2011.


Ive been HIV Positive since 2011, my entire career. fuck stigma and hiding in the dark, this is my real life. I'm...

Posted by Mykki Blanco on Friday, June 12, 2015

Furthermore, he replied to his fans with more encouraging comments: “no more living a lie. HAPPY PRIDE … The music industry ain't gonna like i admitted this so if a curator could help me move more into the art world that would be awesome … thank you, hiding, being afraid of stigma is exhausting, we are souls not image's thank you brother … thank you its just today for everyone else knowing but its been 5 years for me, meds, garlic, limes,yogurt lol world travel. I just cant be an image living in fear having people call me brave and it being a lie. Thank you for your support.”

He would also address his fans on Twitter, saying:

you take care of YOUR people by living YOUR truth

— MYKKI BLANCO (@MykkiBlanco) June 13, 2015

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