Celebrities Known to Have Herpes

Mon., Jan. 16, 2012 9:01 PM EDT
by Terry Shropshire

Genital herpes is a devastating sexually transmitted disease because, once you contract it, you will be one with the disease for the rest of your life. No amount of scrubbing or scratch pads or miracle ointments will make it go away. Worse, it can cause hideous deformities of the genitals, lips and body that can repel even the closest of friends and family members.

In our rolling out report, we listed the top 15 cities with the highest cases of herpes in the United States. Reckless shadow dancing is sometimes accompanied with dire consequences that the participants are hardly equipped to deal with medically, much less emotionally.

Celebs are no different than the rest of us, for better and for worse. Some of them on this list shine for more than one reason — they are literally on fire. This compilation of athletes and entertainers with reported or alleged herpes includes detailed reports of admitted celebrity carriers and others who were supposedly “outed” by ex-lovers, disgruntled former friends, during lawsuits, opportunistic acquaintances looking to use their famous friends’ secrets as currency to come up, and, of course, the news media.

The list of celebs with genital herpes was procured from published sources and media outlets. These sources are responsible for the authenticity of their reports. You can draw your own conclusions.

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  • Guest

    With 1 in 5 having HSV, u don’t have to be a mattress king or queen to contract it. Just one encounter with a trusted partner is how most get it. Most are carriers and dont know it. With proper diet, and avoiding other triggers like stress, u can control symptoms and outbreaks and live a relatively fulfilling life. Ignorance, like this article, perpetuates the myth that only people with numerous sexual partners are at risk.


    • Terry

      Actually, sir, I did not mention promiscuity in the article as a reason for contracting herpes. Go back and reread, sir. I said “reckless shadow dancing,” which simply means being caught up in the heat of passion and failing to attach a contraception for protection prior to intercourse or other sexual act. 

      • guest

        Uh, hello? Did you not do your research? You can catch HSV with the use of a condom! And you refer to Paris Hilton’s “whorish ways” and with almost all of the other celebs, you refer to their promiscuity. With the porn star, you say “enough said” which comes across as if she deserved it or should have expected it… not impressed by this article at all :-/

      • Thatskyblue

        No you didn’t. Did you ever read any material related to HSV transmission? Man, who reviews your posts in the editorial house? A headless chicken can do both jobs.

    • Emma Madison

      Hi, yes you are right, many contract that from trusted partner, it was me as well. When
      I got Herpes, it was from someone who pretended to be my friend for three
      years. He knew he had it and he really didn’t give a crap about if I got it or
      not. He flat out lied to me and told me he had had a clean std test. When I
      turned up with it a week later, he told me to go to the doctor and ask them for
      Valtrex and herpes treatment. “You will be fine.” He told me.

      Needless to say, I didn’t have a lot of faith in humanity or men left after
      that happened to me. When I found this I was too scared to date
      or to seek out a relationship. I had told several people about my new found
      curse and had mixed reactions. This site gave me the confidence and
      understanding I needed to be happy.

  • BeforeYouJudge

    I hate articles like these. So many people live with this disease and it’s because of ignorant articles like this that misinformation is spread.

    Using the word “devastating” in and of itself is so misleading. Yes you live with it for the rest of your life but it is far from devastating. At most it’s an annoying skin condition (a lot of the other complications are extremely rare and all the photos from these medical book sensationalize what it actually looks like).

    Yes people should protect themselves, but a person can be a carrier for years, get married and have sex with their spouse and pass it on.

    At any rate, there are a lot of people out there who pass it on b/c of articles like this that make people who do live with it seem like lepers. Then people are afraid to tell a significant other b/c they don’t want to be looked negatively. 

    For the record I do live with it (since 2007), I’m very honest and up front about it and I have found that more people are understanding than you’d realize. I personally contracted it from an angry bastard who made it his duty to spread it around since he was mad about having it. That is why I always make sure I educate a potential partner b/c I wasn’t granted the courtesy. Some felt they couldn’t get down with it and that was okay. I’ve also had guys who were understanding (I was actually in a relationship for 3 years and my partner knew about it, we protected ourselves, and he never contracted it). 

    People need to become more educated about herpes instead of being pumped with all the fear-mongering bullshit articles like this spread.

    • Anonymous

      If you contracted it from someone who made it “their duty” to spread it, I think you have far bigger problems than Herpes.  You may want to evaluate how you’re choosing who you have sex with.

      • AH

        Your comment, SpartanW, is not only pointless and completely unhelpful, but a clear indication of your ignorance on the subject. Before you go judging someone for something someone else did to them, you might want to educate yourself. People do not always see what someone else is up to until it is too late. If we could tell what someone was going to do, or what was motivating them, before they did it, there would be no crime, no murders, no abuse. But a lot of the people who do these things are sneaky, manipulative, polished, and charming.  Can you honestly tell me that nobody should let their kids go to church because a few clergymen have abused some kids in their charge? Is that what you’re saying? That we should all stay inside and avoid humans because of the things humans have been known to do? If you have some magic way you can identify WHICH humans are going to hurt someone, please clue the rest of us in so we can all live safer, happier lives.

        • Jennifer

          BRAVO! Nicely said! Very good points!

      • Jennifer

        You are so ignorant and so stupid by making this comment!

    • Guest

      how can you say that its not devastating? some people fear not being able to ever have sex again without spreading it unless ur one of those people who dont care that they give it to someone else also public humiliation…before you had it how did you look at people who did? fear mongering is no bullshit! it just makes people more aware to use safe sex! people may be understanding but didnt you want to sue or bring down the disease spreading skank that gave it to you? I wanted to run a business and get married and have kids…all those dreams are distroyed by people who dont give a shit enough to tell you before giving it to you then they say sorry I fucked everything up and have a nice life…does that feeling ever go away…humiliating urself in front of ur partner every time the moment arises…people instill fear so they dont make mistakes..

    • Happy and i have Herpes

      I foun out I had Herpes in October last year because I had a giant blister that was pretty painful. I’m a 24 year old female and I took medication to get rid of it. I didn’t have another outbreak again up until recently that was a mild sore not even painful. This article is by far the biggest crap I have ever seen. Living with Herpes is nothing. 90 percent of the time it’s completely normal down there. Unfortunately no one told me they had it and I got it of course. All my close family knows and I tell anyone I plan on sleeping with (even if we never do) so at least they know. I haven’t been turned down once for it and everyone is super accepting. Used to think someone with an STD especially one like Herpes was dirty. That’s not the case at all. I shower daily (sometimes twice) I take care of myself and I realize that this is not going to be that bad and I was surprised to know that 45 million Americans have Genital herpes and that 80 percent of people have some form of herpes. If you’ve ever had a cold sore before in your life you have herpes. Herpes, not as bad as you think.

      • chloe10232

        An estimated one million Americans are infected each year with genital herpes. Though most are initially unaware of the infection, those diagnosed may face difficult questions about how they acquired herpes and how to manage it. provides a balanced
        perspective on medical and emotional issues surrounding herpes, including treatment options, transmission, pregnancy, telling your partner, and the impact on sexuality


    I can’t believe that Rolling Out posted this reckless article.  Its libelous at best.  Why not an article about how the disease is effecting our community, or how prevalent it is in AMERICA? This is the type of article that I’d expect Media Take Out to post, its based in rumor citing numerous “alleged reports.”  It tacky, classless, and more importantly pointless. This post is a perfect example of the blogger crackhead mentality, anything for “a hit.”

    • Terry

      Just Say No! Your post here is laughable and pathetic, at best. Why can I NEVER seem to find you people when we are writing the plethora of business and political articles that uplifts and inspires?!? Go ahead, click on the business section of our website and you will find a bevy of features and thought-provoking stories detailing the outstanding achievements of African American executives and entrepreneurs. Where are your comments on ANY of those stories? Please point to me one article that you’ve commented on from our business section. I’m waiting … 

    • Terry

      Just Say No! Your post here is laughable and pathetic, at best. Why can I NEVER seem to find you people when we are writing the plethora of business and political articles that uplifts and inspires?!? Go ahead, click on the business section of our website and you will find a bevy of features and thought-provoking stories detailing the outstanding achievements of African American executives and entrepreneurs. Where are your comments on ANY of those stories? Please point to me one article that you’ve commented on from our business section. I’m waiting … 

      • AH

        Why is this post laughable and pathetic? Just because it is about a topic that doesn’t matter to YOU, that doesn’t make it unimportant to OTHERS. 

  • STD Carriers

    Mostly rumors. This list seems to have more verifiable cases

  • deertant

    nice people, thats gross

  • ballsacks

    really guys, stop talking about that nasty shit!! get a life!

  • Schumacher

    Really dumb unfounded article with no real legit claims and evidence to back up allegations. Reads like a gossip tabloid but hey that’s what this piece (of shit) really is right – a poor excuse for fear mongering and celeb hatin’ entertainment? Btw, I hope you guys realize that HSV1 & HSV2 are different strains of the virus?

  • guest

    Well, whoever wrote this clearly thinks that you have to be a “whore” to obtain herpes. How wrong you are! And how disgusting this article is. I’m horrified by this article! It’s no wonder people look at this disease as something disgusting with people like you publicising it in such a degrading way. HSV is so common! I’ve just unfortunately had my first outbreak and I’m no “mattress king/queen”. I just got very unlucky. Have some empathy for these celebrities. Whatever their lifestyle is, they don’t deserve this. None of us do. We have to put up with the symptoms which is bad enough :( 

  • Thatskyblue

    What a piece of crap you have just published, sir….So you’re saying they belong to a group consisting of 90%+ of all humans. I’m sure they are worried as hell about it. Your moronic hysteria surrounding herpes is amusing. You are going to get herpes at some point if you don’t have it already, it’s science brah. How many chicks have you f*cked? Rhetorical cause I could care less…well if it is more than 4, that you banged, even though I doubt your judgemental *ss has even crossed 10, on CDC stats then you’ve banged plenty of chicks with herpes. Unless you are a standard 2+2 nerd -which what you seem- who has never gotten to 1st base in your entire life, there is a good chance you have HSV. It is an extremely common virus which when contracted hides in your nervous system your entire life. For many/most people they will be asympotmatic your whole life. 
    The biggest sympton and uncomfort caused by Herpes is the mental anguish, the disease itself is pretty stupid and meaningless. It’s not going to kill you, make you sick, cost you a limb or an eye. It’s more of a scarlett letter than anything. Get off your high horse, get tested, and start writing a more educated stuff instead of sucking up the reputation of people you wish gave you the time of the day.

  • Simon Smith

    With so many CELEBRITIES WITH HERPES in the world, when you have Herpes , you are not alone and have more chances to find your love at celebrities-with-herpes, com

  • Carole

    What a ridiculous, dangerous, and unresearched piece of writing.You use this subject which you clearly havent researched as a vehicle for tabloid trash.The result of your writing is to further continue the fear ,shame and misinformation about this virus. I hope you listen to the comments made and act in a more responsible and educated journalistic manner in future.

  • Smart

    I agree with everyone else-you are a total ass who has NO CLUE what he is talking about.Herpes is not devastating at all! In fact,I think having acne probably effects people worse.Get a clue.


    Wow u herpes having mfs are soooo sensitive! Just my opinion but herpes is f* cling disgusting and i would be devestated. But somehow i managed to make it to 30, get married, and neither of have ever had ANY std. Promiacuity DOES spread herpes. Nasty mfers.

    • youradumbass

      to call people disgusting because they caught a virus? pretty harsh and insensitive there buddy. you’d think by 30 you would be better mannered and more informed.

  • Fed up iwth dummies

    First off, you can get fever blisters on your lips which may be part of the herpe virus, without having the herpe virus in your genital area. Is this all you are going by when accusing a person of having herpes, a sore on someone’s lip? You should do better research on this STD, before accusing someone of this disease.

  • Disturbed

    Wow….still in shock that this article was actually published. Where did they find the clown that wrote this? has been blacklisted for me! On the other hand, comments from Carole, Smart, Thatskyblue and Beforeyoujudge were fantastic! Terry whatever the f shire should take some notes. should be ashamed to have a writer like Terry working for them. Don’t bother replying, I won’t ever go to this site again…

  • ignorance is not bliss

    i have herpes simplex one; i get cold sore on my lips, around my mouth and inside my nose, and nowhere near my genitals. i can say without a shadow of a doubt, i did not contract this virus by being promiscuous or having any sort of sex. i contracted herpes at a young age, around 8 or so because i used to bite my nails, and chew on things like pen caps, etc… your ignorance is disgusting. i hate it when people go around spreading stupid shit they know nothing about. by the way, did you know that chicken pox is herpes? if youve had chicken pox, you have the herpes virus in your body… same with shingles, which i believe they say almost 50% of the population will have an outbreak sometime in old age…. do some fcuking research.

  • Student

    Honestly think that this article is awful, if you did your research you would see that you can get hsv 2 (which is usually genital herpes) even when using a condom, I mean I have had a lucky escape in not having it but I have been on herpes chat rooms and stuff the people are really nice and supportive on there. Articles like this just adds to the bad stigma that surrounds herpes, yes I bet its annoying and you would rather not have it, but just cause you have it doesnt mean that its the end of the world and your a whore for getting it. Honestly if you researched the topic and spoke to people that had it then you would see herpes in a different light, I know I certainly did, infact its changed my outlook on herpes altogether, I think that everyone you should see that herpes aint that bad and it aint the end of the world and people that do get it are not whores!

  • Herpes can be treated

    There is no way to sugarcoat herpes as being no big deal. And if it’s no big deal the article is just poking fun at stars with a little problem. If it is a big deal and catastrophic the article serves two purposes: 1) it provides information so that people dating stars will think twice and/or take precautions and 2) it brings a measure of deserved shame to people who otherwise live in a fantasy world where everyone worships them and is afraid to ever criticize. They are public figures and are by definition going to have all their personal lives made public. That is the Faustian bargain called “fame”.

    Of course there is a product that can quite possibly cure herpes and I’m willing to share this in private.

    • lori

      What is this product?cuz from what I know there’s nothing that can help. Would u mind sharing this information?

    • Rosary

      what is the product?

  • bored

    I get why people wouldn’t approve of this article, but I’m also confused about the heated debate. None of you were forced to read this. Its clearly for all intended purposes a “gossip column” yet you waste your time angrily behind your keyboard over someone’s quirky (probably barely contemplated) opinion.

  • Grow Up

    This is such a shocking and uninformed article. Herpes for most people is a minor health concern and for many people its so mild they don’t even know they’ve got it. Rolling should be really ashamed. They should be encouraging celebrities to be honest and support the cause of debunking the myths about herpes. 80 percent of the population live with the virus in oral or genital form, it causes blisters that heal after a few days and can usually be treated with antiviral meds.

  • james

    I am 13 years old and a virgin. last month I was told by my doctor while taking my physical for football…that I had herpes. On my genitals, In my throat, on my knuckes and knees, on my face, etc. I have never even kissed a girl, and I have this disease? but…life sucks. don’t spend yours being ignorant. everybody who thinks you have to have a lot of sex is wrong. peace out.

    • Str8jacket

      It can be passed from mother to child. I’ve never heard of it being everywhere like that, though. Might need a second opinion.

  • mikeymikey

    90 percent of people have oral herpes, and 50 percent of those people have no symptoms. Are these authors so sure it is not ORAL? Do they know the difference between Oral Herpes and HSVII??? This article is a waste of time. What’s next? Celebrities who have HPV?

  • Realistic

    You are an effing asshole. Do your research, you do not get herpes from whoreish ways. You clearly are braindead and know nothing

  • duvalboy2004

    Stop reading these misleading articles.. Herpes is not devasting and life threatening like these media people make it out to be… It’s causing self destruction amongst us because we dont know the truth behind this virus.. Herpes is herpes.. Whether its chicken pox. fever blistered, shingles whatever.. It still the same.. You get bumps and sores everywhere else on your body thats a lil painful but u think nothing of it, but when it comes to ignorant shit like this.. It’s the end of the world for most.. SDFU with these lies about this virus because the truth of the matter is.. you don’t gotta have sex to contract Herpes dummies! It’s a disease PERIOD!.. Some countries don’t even considers herpes an STD.. only America and a few others do.. You can get herpes sharing the same towels.. sitting on the same toilet seat.. Rubbing private parts with clothes on all that shit… Has nothing to do with sex.. Shit if herpes in the mouth ain’t a std.. then other virus u catch from oral sex shouldn’t consider STD either cause its in the mouth.. (Do yall hear yourselves?)

  • Hello

    But you know there are two types of herpes. One is a venereal disease the other is not. Some of those look like run of the mill cold sores. Not a sexually transmitted disease.

    • Hello

      Never mind, after reading this article I take back my first statement. I just looked at the first picture of Paris Hilton and thought this site based it’s accusations on pictures of Celebrities with mouth sores. My bad.

  • Grim Reaper

    They said that Kim Kardashian was diagnosed with genital herpes. J Ray apparently was picking up street hookers with herpes before he had sex with her. Herpes was the last thing on Kim’s mind while she was making out with J Ray. She also got reinfected when she slept with Britney Spears who has a bad case of genital herpes. Some crazy Japanese business man was stalking Spears several years ago because he wanted to carry her herpes virus in his body. The judge ordered a restraining order on him.

  • jake

    Terry you’re the guy in charge of all herpes-related gossip on a shitty tabloid site. I’d take a steaming plate of herpes over having your life any day of the week.

  • Cauffiel

    This article is a bunch of garbage. The author is not well informed in what he is writing about.

  • Angry guy

    The bitch writing this article is a prick. The way she disrespects everyone and puts them down for a tragedy they suffered is sick. It’s cute how she sits on her high horse looking down at everyone as if she has done no wrong. News flash bitch if there isn’t a cure for this soon the whole world will have it. It’s nothing to be ashamed of yet it’s seems as though all you want to do is shame folks. Humans are prone to disease and viruses infections it will probably cause our extinction. But you have fun being a bitch cause your not a bigger bitch than karma. I gate to be this way but you deserve it.