Rugby legend Gareth Thomas has revealed he is living with HIV, having kept the diagnosis a secret for years.
The 45-year-old became the first UK sportsman to disclose he has the virus during an interview with the Sunday Mirror - before revealing in a video on his Twitter page that he had been "forced" to make the admission.
"I've been threatened by people who said they would give away my secret. It's sick and I've been through hell," he told the paper.
"I was being blackmailed and in my mind, I thought you only get blackmailed for something really bad, which compounded the feeling of shame."
In the video he said: "I want to share my secret with you. Why? Because it's mine to tell. Not the evils threatening to tell you before I do.
— Gareth Thomas (@gareththomas14) September 14, 2019