According to a recent post on his Instagram page, Justin Bieber has announced that the right half of his face has been paralyzed due to a syndrome he has.
In the video he posted on Friday, Bieber said, “I have 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 28-year-old singer then tried to move his face in the video, showing that he couldn’t blink his right eye, flare his nostril, or move his mouth.
The Mayo Clinic explains that Ramsay Hunt syndrome “occurs when a shingles outbreak affects the facial nerve near one of your ears. In addition to the painful shingles rash, Ramsay Hunt syndrome can cause facial paralysis and hearing loss in the affected ear.”
Additionally, it adds that “Ramsay Hunt syndrome is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After chickenpox clears up, the virus still lives in your nerves.”
Bieber informed fans in the video that he would be canceling some tour dates to rest up and heal so that he would be able to “do what I was born to do.”
“This is pretty serious. I wish this wasn’t the case, but obviously, my body’s telling me I have to slow down,” he said. “I’m going to get better. I’m doing all these facial exercises to get my face back to normal, and it will go back to normal. It’s just time, and we don’t know how much time that’s going to be, but it’s going to be OK, and I have hope.”
This isn’t the first time the singer postponed tour dates citing his health.
Bieber is currently on his Justice World Tour, and had to postpone two concerts in Toronto as well as a show in Washington D.C. on Friday.
“Can’t believe I’m saying this. I’ve done everything to get better but my sickness is getting worse,” the Grammy winner wrote on Tuesday in his Instagram story, though he didn’t say why at the time. “My heart breaks that I will have to postpone these next few shows (doctors orders).”
“To all my people I love you so much and I’m gonna rest and get better,” Bieber added.
The singer has always been very outspoken about his health struggles, and in his 2020 YouTube docuseries “Seasons,” Bieber discussed having Lyme disease, the Epstein-Barr virus, as well as chronic anxiety.
He said in the docuseries, “It might not seem hard for some people to just get out of bed in the morning, but it’s been really hard for me to just get out of my bed.”
Bieber also said in the series that he took anti-depressants and used hyperbaric oxygen therapy to handle his anxiety and depression.