Reset to default. Justin Bieber got real about his recent health issues, which have left half his face paralyzed – and caused him to put his tour on hold.
“Love you guys and keep me in your prayers,” the 28-year-old musician captioned an Instagram video on Friday, June 10, asking his fans to “please watch.”
The “Yummy” singer, who has battled Lyme disease for years, explained that he wants to keep his fans updated on “what’s been going on with his body lately,” noting that people “probably see of it”. [his] face” that something is not normal.
“I have this syndrome called Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. It’s from this virus that’s attacking the nerve in my ear and my facial nerves and has resulted in paralysis of my face,” Bieber said, showing one side of his face being stationary. “As you can see, that eye doesn’t blink. I can’t smile on this side of my face. This nostril will not move.”
Addressing fans who may be “frustrated by my canceling my next shows,” the Grammy winner told them, “I’m just not physically able to do them.”
Bieber continued, “This is pretty serious, as you can see. I wish that wasn’t the case. But obviously my body is telling me to slow down.”
The Canadian singer who is currently on his Justice World TourHe noted that he will use his time off to “rest and relax and get back to 100 percent so I can do what I was born to do.” He added: “I need to rest so I can get my face back to where it’s supposed to be. I love you, thank you for being patient with me.”
The “Peaches” singer insisted he’s “getting better.” Meanwhile, Bieber has started doing facial exercises to aid in his recovery. “I trust God. I trust there is a reason for all of this,” he concluded. “I’m not sure what this is right now, but in the meantime I’m going [to] rest.”
Bieber’s health scare came three months after his wife Hailey Bieber (née Baldwin), was hospitalized in March after a blood clot in his brain. The 25-year-old model was “pretty much back to normal” when she arrived at the emergency room but felt like she was having a mini-stroke at the time, according to a YouTube video she shared in April.
Hailey was later diagnosed with a grade 5 PFO — a patent foramen ovale, which the Mayo Clinic defines as a valve-like opening in the heart. Doctors recommended plugging the hole in surgery, and she consented to the procedure.
“It went very smoothly and I’m recovering really well,” she explained in the April video. “Thank you to everyone who reached out with well wishes and concerns and for all the support and love.”