Justin Bieber Announces He Has Ramsay Hunt Syndrome
Half of the singer's face paralyzed.
On Friday, singer Justin Bieber announced that he was suffering from paralysis on one side of his face and would be taking a break from performing. Bieber explained the condition to be Ramsay Hunt syndrome in a video posted to his Instagram account.
"It is from this virus that attacks the nerve in my ear and my facial nerves and has caused my face to have paralysis," said Bieber.
According to Mount Sinai, Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a painful rash around the ear, face, or mouth that is caused by a varicella-zoster virus. This is the same virus that causes shingles and chickenpox. The virus can infect the facial nerve near the ear, causing paralysis.
"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,” said Bieber.
Bieber went on to apologize to his fans in the video but explained that his body needed time to rest and recover. Bieber addressed the three performance cancellations announced earlier last week.
“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,” said Bieber.
This is not the first health concern to hit the Bieber family this year as his wife Hailey Bieber was hospitalized for a mini stroke in March. The stroke was caused by a blood clot in a hole in her heart that traveled to her brain. Bieber thanked his fans for their patience and assured them he was taking part in facial exercises that were helping.