In an emotional Instagram video, Justin Bieber told fans he’s suffering from a rare and “pretty serious” illness, after cancelling a string of shows.
Justin Bieber is experiencing paralysis in his face after being diagnosed with a rare disorder.
“I wanted to update you guys on what’s been going on. Obviously, as you can probably see from my face, I have, a, this syndrome called Ramsay Hunt syndrome and it is from this virus that attacks the nerve in my ear and my facial nerves and has caused my face to have paralysis,” the pop star, 28, said in an Instagram video, as reported by Page Six.
According to New York’s Mount Sinai hospital, Ramsay Hunt syndrome is marked by a painful rash around the ear, on the face or on the mouth. It manifests when the varicella-zoster virus infects a nerve in the head, sometimes causing paralysis.
“As you can see, this eye is not blinking. I can’t smile on this side of my face. This nostril will not move, so there’s full paralysis on this side of my face,” Bieber continued, gesturing to the right side of his face.
“So for those who are frustrated by my cancellations of the next shows, I’m just physically obviously not capable of doing them. This is pretty serious as you can see. I wish this wasn’t the case, but obviously my body’s telling me I gotta slow down.”
The Peaches singer announced on Wednesday that he would be postponing a few shows from his ongoing Justice World Tour due to a then-unknown health issue.
With some time off from the tour, which is scheduled to run though March 2023, Bieber told fans on Friday that he plans to “just rest and relax” so that he can “get back to 100 per cent.”
“I’m gonna get better and I’m doing all these facial exercise to get my face back to normal and it will go back to normal,” he said. “It’s just time and we don’t know how much time it’s gonna be, but it’s gonna be OK. I have hope and I trust God and I trust that this is all for a reason.”
A friend of Bieber’s told Page Six that his loved ones are also anticipating a successful recovery. “Bieber will be OK,” the insider says. “It’s because of an infection, paralysis in the right side. He will recover.”
In the meantime, the performer’s famous pals have flooded his comments section with supportive messages.
“Love you and proud of you,” wrote Bieber’s longtime manager Scooter Braun, while Kehlani added, “love you dude, please take all the time you need!!”
Jhené Aiko left a series of prayer-hands emojis, while Patrick Schwarzenegger commented with multiple red hearts.
“Love u brother! U will be great! Rest up brother. We love u!” Bieber’s “I’m the One” collaborator DJ Khaled enthused. “GOD LOVES U! WE LOVE GOD! Love forever!”
This article originally appeared in Page Six and was reproduced with permission.