The xx's Oliver Sim inundated with support as he confirms HIV battle after diagnosis at 17

The xx singer Oliver Sim has revealed that he has been living with HIV for the past 15 years. Taking to his Instagram today, the star, 32, told how he felt it was time he went public about his HIV status.

In view of his 38,900 followers, the singer made the announcement.

He told how he penned the song Hideous explaining that it was “how he felt towards himself” following the diagnosis.

Oliver wrote: “I’ve been living with HIV since I was 17 and it’s played with how I’ve felt towards myself, and how I’ve assumed others have felt towards me, from that age and into my adult life.

“So, quite impulsively, I wrote it on a song called Hideous. I thought I could release it in the world and be done with it.

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