Canadian singer Justin Bieber has posted a message on social media where he announces that he is suffering from facial paralysis, forcing him to cancel the rest of his world tour.
In a video message published in particular on Instagram, the star explains that he suffers from Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a virus which paralyzes half of his face and forces him to suspend the remaining dates of his “Justice World Tour” until further notice.
As the singer explains in his video, the infection paralyzes his nerve in the ear and eye, which can cause hearing loss and prevent him from blinking and even moving part of his mouth. and his face.
“It’s pretty serious as you can see”
“I wanted to keep you posted on what’s going on. As you can see on my face, I have Ramsay Hunt Syndrome which is caused by a virus that attacks my facial nerves and causes my facial paralysis. You can see my eye isn’t blinking, I can’t smile on this side of my face, my nostril isn’t moving…” Justin Bieber painfully recounts while pointing to the nerve dysfunctions on his facial expressions.
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— Justice Tour Updates (@JusticeTourNews) June 10, 2022
The two concerts scheduled for Toronto this week, canceled at the last moment, had angered fans who had already seen their idol’s show postponed several times due to the health crisis. The singer did not leave speculation on the reasons for this cancellation long and spoke directly on social networks to his “Beliebers”: “For those who are frustrated with the cancellation of my upcoming concerts, I am just physically unable to do them… It’s pretty serious as you can see. I hope you understand. I’m going to use this time to rest, relax and get back to 100% and do what I was born to do.”
— Bieber Fever (@bieberfever) May 24, 2022
The 28-year-old singer ends his message by wanting to be reassuring about his state of health and the evolution of his syndrome: “It’s going to return to normal, it’s a matter of time even if we don’t know how long it will take. take, it will get better. I have hope.”
Syndrome damage is reversible
This paralysis is caused by a virus of the varicella-zoster type, responsible for the two diseases of the same name. This infection, also called herpes zoster oticus, is auricular shingles associated with peripheral facial nerve palsy, often accompanied by other cranial nerve damage. As indicated by the National Library of Medicinethis complication is rare and affects only about 5 in 100,000 people.
The syndrome is treatable with antiviral drugs and corticosteroids and patients can take several weeks to months to recover from Ramsay Hunt syndrome, but the damage caused is reversible, says Medical News Today.