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Lee Daniels is blessed to be alive … a fact that is not lost on him.

“That I don’t have AIDS is a miracle from God,” Lee stated during a lecture at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and TV. “I really don’t understand it, because I should have had HIV. Everybody else did.”

Daniels decided to get very candid while talking to the students at LMU and opened up about a time in his life where he willingly attempted to contract HIV/AIDS. “It [AIDS] wiped away all of my friends. I had no friends… It was terrifying, because we never knew whether you could drink from glasses or what it was. It was the most terrifying thing ever.” The Empire creator continued, “And I didn’t understand why it was that I wasn’t [dead], because there were far better souls than me that were going. I thought that I needed to go. And so I descended into drugs and into sexual bathhouses to die.”

The producer/director had decided to die, but by the grace of God lived. And not just lived, but lived a life of greatness — something that his grandmother saw in him when he was just a little boy. “She saw greatness, and she said that I was going to have greatness far beyond hers, which was incomprehensible to me at the time,” Lee revealed. “My dad told me I was going to be nothing. (But) she says, ‘Listen, you know, you’re not like all the other guys around here. You are a fa**ot’. I said, ‘What’s that?’ And she says, ‘Don’t worry about it, but you’re going to get used to… people are going to call you that. But you have to remember, as long as you are strong, as long as you are fearless, as long as you are honest, you have nothing to worry about’.”

Wow. Lee Daniels has lived a hell of a life.

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