By Wisdom Deji-Folutile
Popular Canadian singer Justin Bieber has announced to fans that he has been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a rare disorder that leads to partial paralysis in facial nerves.
The “Peaches” singer had earlier announced on Wednesday that he would be postponing some of the shows from his ongoing Justice World Tour due to a then-undisclosed health issue.
However, on Friday, the 28-year-old pop star took to his official social media accounts to inform fans of the diagnosis, explaining that it was the reason for his recent cancellations of upcoming shows.
“I wanted to update you guys on what’s been going on. Obviously, as you can probably see from my face, I have a 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,” Beiber said.
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“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.
“I’m gonna get better and 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 it’s gonna be, but it’s gonna be okay. I have hope and I trust God and I trust that this is all for a reason.”
“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,” he continued.
Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is caused by a complication of shingles. It occurs when an outbreak impacts the facial nerve near one ear. In addition to facial paralysis, it can cause hearing loss.
Following the announcement, fans and celebrity well-wishers responded with get-well-soon messages of encouragement for the artist.
The Justice tour is scheduled to run through till March next year, and Beiber is yet to reveal the date of his possible return.