June 10, 2022 – Justin Bieber stunned fans on Friday afternoon after posting a video to his Instagram account revealing that he currently suffers from facial paralysis.
The singer said he was diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a rare condition that occurs when an outbreak of shingles attacks the facial nerves near one of your ears.
The disease belongs to the same family of viruses that causes chickenpox and monkeypox: varicella zoster virus.
In the video post, Bieber is shown unable to move one side of his face.
“As you can see, that eye is not blinking,” Bieber said. “I can’t smile on this side of my face. This nostril will not move.
Hours later, Bieber posted a story on Instagram saying, “I’m getting more and more picky which has been extremely frustrating, please pray for me.”
It’s unclear when Bieber was diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome. However, the news comes after the singer recently canceled upcoming shows from his Justice 2022 World Tour due to an “undisclosed illness”.
The star says he hopes for a full recovery and is making time for facial exercises and rest.
Infections usually go away within a few weeks, but some people may have persistent nerve pain. In rare cases, surgery is needed to relieve pressure on the facial nerve.
About 5 in every 100,000 people in the United States are affected by Ramsay Hunt syndrome, and the disease accounts for about 7% of acute facial paralysis cases, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
To learn more about the virus responsible for Ramsay Hunt syndrome, click here.