Justin Bieber shocked fans on Friday after he revealed that half of his face had become paralyzed.
The 28-year-old pop star shared via social media on Friday that he’d been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a rare condition caused by a virus that “attacks” the nerves in his face, he explained.
The right side of his face was immovable as he spoke, slowly, and he blinked only from the left.
“This is pretty serious, as you can see,” he told fans in the video announcement, adding that the issue “has caused my face to have paralysis.”
The “Honest” singer added that his treatment for Ramsay Hunt syndrome has included facial exercises, to help rebuild the nerves and muscles in his face.
His message comes following fan speculation over recent cancellations on his Justice World Tour. “I’m physically, obviously, not capable of doing them,” he said of the postponed shows. Among those wishing him well was his longtime manager, Scooter Braun, who commented, “Love you and proud of you.”
“Bieber will be OK,” an insider additionally told Page Six. “It’s because of an infection, paralysis in the right side. He will recover. ”
Here’s more about the virus that told Bieber he’s “got to slow down.”
What is Ramsay Hunt syndrome?
Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a rare neurological disorder characterized by facial palsy, or paralysis, often accompanied by a rash affecting the ear or mouth. According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, an estimated five out of every 100,000 people in the US will develop RHS annually.
The syndrome, first described in 1907 by Dr. James Ramsay Hunt, is caused by an infection of the varicella-zoster virus – the same one that causes chickenpox and shingles, which means anyone who has suffered either of those illnesses could also come down with RHS.