Justin Bieber, 28, has revealed that he has been stuck by facial paralysis days after being forced to cancel his tours.
In a video he shared on Instagram, the singer explained that he was suffering from temporary facial paralysis from Ramsay Hunt Syndrome.
The facial paralysis and hearing loss associated with the condition is temporary but it can become permanent, according to Mayo Clinic.
Justin’s right side of the face was paralyzed and his right eye could not blink as he started his three-minute clip, saying: “Hey everyone Justin here, I wanted to update you guys on what’s been going on.
“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.”
In the video, he showed how he can’t smile, his eye was not blinking, and his nostril wouldn’t move on the right side of his face.
“So there is full paralysis on this side my face. 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,” Justin said.
The singer later shared an update on his social media page, saying that it was getting more difficult to eat.
“Please pray for me,” he added with a tearing up emoji.
On Tuesday, Justin had announced that he was postponing dates of his Justice World Tour.
“Can’t believe I’m saying this. I’ve done everything to get better but my sickness is getting worse,” he expressed.
“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 complication of shingles that can result in facial paralysis. The virus, which is caused by the same virus as chickenpox (VZV), reactivates after laying dormant for years and causes irritation and inflammation on facial nerves.
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