Justin Bieber says half his face is paralyzed due to Ramsay Hunt syndrome
According to Mayo Clinic, the syndrome is triggered by the same virus that causes chicken pox and shingles.
Justin Bieber says a rare disorder that paralyzed half of the superstar performer’s face is the reason behind his tour postponement.
The multi-Grammy winner is suffering from Ramsay Hunt syndrome, he said in video he posted Friday on Instagram. The syndrome causes facial paralysis and affects nerves in the face through a shingles outbreak.
Bieber’s post comes after he cancelled his shows in Toronto and Washington, D.C. The singer demonstrated in the video that he could barely move one side of his face, calling the ailment “pretty serious.”
“For those frustrated by my cancellations of the next shows, I’m just physically, obviously not capable of doing them,” he said. “As you can see, this eye is not blinking,” the singer continued, referencing the left side of his face. “I can’t smile on that side of my face. This nostril will not move. So there’s full paralysis on this side of my face.”
Bieber said he’s unsure how long he’ll take to heal. But he appeared positive about making a full recovery through rest and therapy.
“I’ll be using this time to just rest and relax and get back to a hundred percent, so that I can do what I was born to do,” he said.
In March, Biebers’ wife, Hailey Bieber, was hospitalized for a blood clot to her brain.
This isn’t the first time Bieber has opened up about health struggles. In January 2020, the pop star revealed on Instagram he was diagnosed with Lyme disease and had “a serious case of chronic mono.”