Canadian-born singer Justin Bieber opened up about his health condition after postponing three concerts that were lined up on his Justice World Tour this week.
Taking to his Instagram on Friday 10 June, the Grammy winner, 28, revealed in a video that he has been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome which has caused him to have partial facial paralysis.
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In his video, which was captioned “IMPORTANT PLEASE WATCH. I love you guys and keep me in your prayers,” Bieber showed fans his fans which already looks partially paralysed on the left.
“As you can see, this eye is not blinking. I can’t smile with this side of my face, this nostril will not move, so there is full paralysis in this side of my face,” he explained.
“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 singer added.
Addressing his fans’ frustration, he pleaded with them to be patient, and said of his upcoming shows that he is “physically 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’ve got to slow down. I hope you guys understand. I’ll be using this time to just rest and relax and get back to a hundred percent so that I can do what I was born to do.”
Bieber was scheduled to perform two shows in Toronto, scheduled for 7 and 8 June, and one in Washington DC, on 10 June.
WHAT IS RAMSAY HUNT SYNDROME?
According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is a rare neurological disorder characterized by paralysis of the facial nerve (facial palsy) and a rash affecting the ear or mouth. This may cause ear abnormalities such as ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and hearing loss.
Ramsay Hunt syndrome is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox in children and shingles (herpes zoster) in adults.
“The symptoms of Ramsay Hunt syndrome vary from case to case. Affected individuals usually experience paralysis (palsy) of the facial nerve and a rash affecting the ear. These two symptoms do not always occur simultaneously. In most cases, only one side of the face is affected (unilateral),” the site reads.
Other symptoms include:
- Difficulty closing one eye
- A sensation of spinning or moving (vertigo)
- A change in taste perception or loss of taste