Justin Bieber, a popular Canadian musician, is suffering from facial paralysis after being diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, a rare condition.
On Friday, the singer implored his fans to keep him in their prayers as he detailed in a three-minute video how the paralysis was hurting his face and how it had caused several of his gigs to be canceled.
Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is a shingles syndrome that arises when shingles strikes the facial nerve near one ear. It can induce hearing loss as well as facial paralysis.
“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,” the 28-year-old pop star 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,” 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 OK. I have hope and I trust God and I trust that this is all for a reason.”
Fans have taken to his comment section to wish him well.
“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.
The “Peaches” singer had announced Wednesday that he would be postponing a few shows from his ongoing Justice World Tour due to a health issue that was yet to be known then.
With some time off from the tour, scheduled to run through March 2023, Bieber told fans on Friday that he plans to “just rest and relax” so that he can “get back to 100 percent.”
“Love you and proud of you,” wrote Bieber’s longtime manager Scooter Braun, while Kehlani added, “love you dude, please take all the time you need!!”