Pop sensation Justin Bieber has revealed he is currently suffering from facial paralysis after contracting Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a rare side effect of shingles.
The 28 year old star contracted shingles earlier this month, causing the music superstar to cancel several of his upcoming tour dates on his Justice World Tour.
Sharing the news of his diagnosis on Instagram, Justin shared a three minute video in which he explained how he had suffered the rare complication after contracting shingles, which is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox.
In the short video, the star is seen visibly unable to blink as he shares his experience with fans and updates them on why he has had to cancel his highly anticipated appearances.
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“Hey everyone Justin here, I wanted to update you guys on what’s been going on,” began the star as he clued fans in on his facial paralysis.
Justin then continued: “Obviously as you can probably see with my face. I have this syndrome called Ramsay Hunt syndrome and it is from this virus that attacks the nerves in my ear and my facial nerves and has caused my face to have paralysis.”
Explaining a little more about the extent of his paralysis Justin said: “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.“
“So for those who are frustrated by my cancellation of the next shows, I’m just physically not obviously capable of doing them.”
The star went on to explain that while the condition was serious, it was also manageable even if it took time to recover.
Justin said: “This is pretty serious as you can see. I wish this wasn’t the case, but obviously my body is telling me I’ve gotta slow down and I hope you guys understand.”
The star then added he would be using the time to fully recover and rest ahead of his return as he told his fans: “I’ll be using this time to just rest and relax and get back to 100% so I can do what I was born to do.”
The news comes just days after the singer announced he was postponing some of his tour on Tuesday, due to a “non-covid related illness”
“Can’t believe I’m saying this. I’ve done everything to get better but my sickness is getting worse,” the heartbroken star told his 539.2M social media followers.
“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.”
Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is a rare but debilitating side effect of the herpes zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox, with the complication thought to only affect around five in every 100,000 adults in the US every year according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), with a similar prevalence also found in the UK.
The virus usually only affects people once with chicken pox after which it lies dormant, but it can be reactivated and cause new symptoms to appear.
The virus is generally reactivated if a person’s immune system is weakened, and less able to fight off infection, but stress is also often reported as a trigger.
Usually affecting adults in their 60s, Justin is just one of a rare handful of young people to suffer from the unfortunate complication of the virus, Ramsay Hunt Syndrome.
Some of the symptoms according to Facial Palsy UK include facial muscle drooping, difficulty closing the eye, altered sense of taste, loss of facial expression and problems with eating, drinking and speaking.
The treatment usually involves taking antiviral medication, with symptoms improving shortly after – which is good news for Beliebers, who are all anxiously awaiting his full recovery.
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