Farren Jean Andrèa is known in the fashion world as stylist to some very notable names—Jhene Aiko, Bella Hadid, AND Rihanna. While the 26-year-old has made a name for himself, he’s also confessed via social media today (July 27) that he’s been battling a very serious matter—HIV.
“Many of you may not know that I’ve been going through a very challenging time in my life, and I feel as though now I am ready to be honest with you all,” he began his message on Instagram.
Farren also said that he was “recommended” not to share the diagnosis publicly but wanted to bring awareness to his plight. “I am sharing my truth not for pity, but for FREEDOM.”
Right away his clients, past and present, and other celebs and fashion folk reached out to express their support. However, some folks are saying this plot twist is just a distraction from accusations that he had allegedly abused his ex-boyfriend. The eye-bruised ex-boyfriend, Zac Carson, made a video message to address the accusations.
BET fam, what do you think of Farren’s HIV-positive announcement upon hearing claims of abuse?
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