- The 28-year-old pop star took to his Instagram on Friday to share a three-minute video explaining the diagnosis
- Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a complication of shingles that can lead to temporary facial paralysis
- The hearing loss and facial paralysis associated with the complication is temporary, however, can become permanent
- Justin’s right eye was unable to blink and the right side of his face did not move in the video
- Justin later updated posted an update on his Instagram Story as he wrote: ‘Been getting progressively harder to eat which has been extremely frustrating, please pray for me’
- On Tuesday, the artist had announced he was postponing the ‘next few shows’ of his seven-leg, 130-date Justice World Tour due ‘non-Covid related illness’
- This has not been an easy year for the Bieber family as Justin’s wife Hailey was hospitalized in March for a small blood clot in her brain which gave her stroke-like symptoms
Justin Bieber has revealed that he fears struggling to eat after suffering temporary facial paralysis from Ramsay Hunt syndrome just days after being forced to cancel dates on his Justice World Tour and has asked fans to pray for him.
The 28-year-old pop star took to his Instagram on Friday to share a three-minute video explaining the diagnosis, which is a complication of shingles that can lead to facial paralysis.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the hearing loss and facial paralysis associated with Ramsay Hunt syndrome is temporary, however, can become permanent.
Justin’s right eye was unable to blink and the right side of his face did not move as he began the video 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.’
Justin later updated posted a sad update on his Instagram Story as he wrote: ‘Been getting progressively harder to eat which has been extremely frustrating, please pray for me [tearing up emoji]’
On Tuesday, the artist had announced that he was postponing the ‘next few shows’ of his seven-leg, 130-date Justice World Tour due ‘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 28-year-old pop star – who boasts 539.2M social media followers – wrote.
‘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.’
In the clip posted on Friday, Justin showed the devastating effects to his diagnosis as he showed how his eye wasn’t blinking, can’t smile, and nostril will not move all on the right side of his face.
He explained: ‘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.
‘I wish this wasn’t the case but obviously my body is telling me that I’ve got to slow down and I hope you guys understand. I will be using this time to rest and relax and get back to 100 percent so that I can do what I was born to do.’
According to FacialPalsy.org.uk if antiviral treatment is given within 72 hours of developing symptoms approximately 70 percent of people will experience a virtually full recovery and if damage to the nerve is mild then recovery should take place within a few weeks.
Justin concluded by saying that he is doing all that he can, including resting, in order to address the issue but was honest as he said he doesn’t know how long it will take him to recovery.
He said: ‘I love you guys. Thank you for being patient for me and I am going to get better. I’m doing all of these facial exercises to get my face back to normal and it will go back to normal.
‘It’s just time, we don’t know how much time it will be, but it’s going to be okay. I hope and I trust God and I trust that this is all for a reason. I’m not sure what that is right now but in the meantime I’m going to rest and I love you guys. Peace.’
This has not been an easy year for the Bieber family as Justin’s wife Hailey was hospitalized in March for a small blood clot in her brain which gave her stroke-like symptoms.
It was reported at the time that Justin would not leave his 25-year-old wife’s side during her traumatic ordeal.
Sources told People in March, Justin ‘is probably more traumatized than even she is.’
‘When it happened, there was a lot of panic. Justin was crying, because you don’t expect your young wife to have symptoms that resemble a stroke. Justin texted everyone he knew and asked everyone to pray for her, and he never left her side,’ the insider said.
Justin had recently recovered from a bout of COVID-19 just weeks prior where he was forced to reschedule a few dates of his tour, his first major set of performances since ending the Purpose world tour in 2017.
Hailey revealed on Instagram she was hospitalized in Palm Springs back in March following ‘stroke-like’ symptoms, and found out she actually suffered a ‘small blood clot.’
Sources told PEOPLE magazine that Justin has been worried sick about his wife despite her pleas for him to stay as stress-free as possible as she recovers from the incident.
‘Hailey doesn’t want anyone to worry about her, but it was a terrifying situation for both of them,’ the insider said. ‘Justin is still very worried. He can barely sleep. He stays up watching her while she rests.’
The insider added: ‘He would’ve done anything to help her. It was a moment for them both to be reminded about mortality, and focusing on what really matters.
‘He realizes, and is telling people around him, how much Hailey is his rock, and how she saved him from a dark time … and that he needs to appreciate her every day. He’s going to keep an eye on her and help her however he can. And he has everyone around him praying for her continued good health. It shook him up.’
Hailey detailed the ordeal online in a lengthy Instagram post: ‘On Thursday morning, I was sitting at breakfast with my husband when I started having stroke-like symptoms and was taken to the hospital.’
‘They found I had suffered a very small blood clot to my brain, which caused a small lack of oxygen, but my body had passed it on its own and I recovered completely within a few hours.’
She added: ‘Although this was definitely one of the scariest moments I’ve ever been through, I’m home now and doing well, and I’m so grateful and thankful to all the amazing doctors and nurses who took care of me!’
‘Thank you to everyone who has reached out with well wishes and concern, and for all the support and love.’
According to sources close to her, Hailey’s medical condition was affecting her movement in some way and they shared that she had undergone tests to find the origin of her illness.
Doctors were concerned that her symptoms might have been related to COVID-19 since Justin had been diagnosed with the virus earlier in March, but no conclusive evidence could be established.