Justin Bieber Reveals Half His Face Has Been Paralyzed From Rare Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

Justin Bieber Reveals Half His Face Has Been Paralyzed From Rare Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

The 28-year-old pop artist had to cancel tour dates to recuperate after a virus attack caused paralysis on one side of his face.

Pop musician Justin Beiber took to Instagram over the weekend to address why shows from his Justice World Tour were canceled. In an Instagram video uploaded on June 11, the star detailed his diagnosis with the Ramsay Hunt Syndrome which has caused him facial paralysis. Bieber's video provides more details about his ongoing health troubles as he previously shared in an Instagram story uploaded on June 6 that he had to cancel shows due to a medical reason, reports Billboard

Image Source: Instagram/Justin Bieber


In the nearly 3-minutes-long video, Bieber narrates his experience with the syndrome, explaining how it is difficult for him to move one side of his face. This, he revealed, has been causing him difficulty in blinking, smiling and even eating. "It is from this virus that attacks the nerve in my ear and my facial nerves and has caused my face to have paralysis," he said of the diagnosis, gesturing to the right side of his face.



According to Mayo Clinic, this disease occurs when a shingles outbreak attacks one of the facial nerves close to an ear. In addition to a painful rash, people also face facial paralysis and hearing loss in the affected ear. Caused by the same family of viruses as Chickenpox, symptoms may present themselves years later if the virus is reactivated. The "Peaches" singer requested fans to be patient in light of his current situation and asked for their prayers. "Obviously my body's telling me I gotta slow down. I hope you guys understand and I'll be using this time to just rest and relax and get back to 100%," he said. Notable celebrities like Khloe Kardashian, Quavo, Kehlani, DJ Khaled and Shawn Mendes responded with supportive comments under the video.


This is the second time Bieber's Justice World Tour has been impeded as a COVID outbreak within the tour crew caused the show in Las Vegas on June 28 to be postponed. News of the recent cancellation came hours before the Toronto show, causing some raging fans to rant on Twitter. Addressing their frustration in his video, Bieber said: "So for those who are frustrated by my cancelations of the next shows, I'm just physically, obviously, not capable of doing them." Scooter Braun, Bieber's manager, also took to Instagram to notify fans that the concert scheduled for June 13 and June 14 will also be postponed. The singer was reportedly slated to play at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena and Washington DC followed by two nights at Madison Square Garden in New York, all of which are now indefinitely delayed. 

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Bieber has reassured fans that he will be okay and will recover soon. However, according to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, full recovery is uncertain. If the damage caused by the virus to the nerve is severe, it may take over a few months or may never fully recover. The prescribed treatment for this kind of infection is generally a corticosteroid like prednisone coupled with an antiviral treatment of acyclovir or valacyclovir. 


With the star's wife, Hailey Bieber, having suffered a blood clot in her brain earlier this year and Bieber opening up about his diagnosis now, some social media users on Twitter have taken to making jokes and questioning the state of his illness. In a similar situation in the past, Hailey Bieber talked about her husband's Lyme disease and how that personally affected her, reports PEOPLE. She also took to Twitter at the time to ask trolls to stop making fun of the disease and educate themselves. The Justice tour will promote both albums "Changes" and "Justice," including the hit "Peaches" featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon.


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