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Hard to believe it’s been almost 8 years since the infamous Charlie Sheen meltdown.

The erratic behavior that cost Sheen his lucrative gig on Two and a Half Men is usually remembered with a laugh these days — not unlike Britney Spears’ 2007 breakdown.

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But in both cases, those who were quick to laugh at the stars’ erratic behavior often ignored the deep-seated pain that motivated it.

Yes, it was funny when Sheen called himself a warlock from Mars, but all that bravado was masking some profound inner turmoil.

For one thing, Sheen had been diagnosed as HIV positive but had not yet gone public with his medical issues with the public.

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By his own admission, Sheen used alcohol and drugs to try and quell the anxiety caused by his life-threatening condition.

None of this is to excuse the behavior he exhibited during his meltdown, but it may help us to understand why TV’s highest paid actor would throw it all away — and how he came to arrive in his current, lowly state.

After revealing he’d been diagnosed with HIV, Sheen was sued by several former romantic partners who claimed he’d endangered their lives by failing to disclose his condition.

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These days, Charlie says he’s up to his neck in lawsuits and unable to find work due to his condition.

According to a new report from Radar Online, the situation has become so bad that Sheen is in danger of losing his home.

In an attempt to alleviate his financial woes, Sheen recently filed a request to have his monthly child support payments to actress Denise Richards slashed in half.

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“Since June 2016, my income has changed significantly,” Charlie wrote in his appeal.

“I have been unable to find steady work and have been blacklisted from many aspects of the entertainment industry.

“All of this has resulted in a significant reduction in my earnings.”

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Amazingly, the court sided with Sheen and allowed him to reduce his payments.

This, just a few years after the actor was pulling in a whopping $1.8 million an episode on TV’s highest-rated sitcom.

We’re guessing the warlock from Mars isn’t using #Winning as his personal mantra anymore these days.