Justin Bieber said, he was diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome and lost movement in the right side of his face. The pop star said this on Instagram Friday.
In the video, the right side of his face doesn’t move, leaving Bieber unable to blink one of his eyes or smile with half of his mouth.
Bieber apologized for missing several shows and canceling upcoming events for his “Justin’s Justice World Tour,” but said his priority was rest and recovery.
“As you can probably see from my face, I have this syndrome called Ramsay Hunt syndrome,” he said in the video. “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.”
Bieber tried to smile, blink, and move his face during his video to fans, but it was clear that one side of his face remained still as he continued to speak.
“So for those who are frustrated by my cancelations of the next shows, I’m just physically, obviously not able of doing them,” he said. “This is pretty serious as you can see.”
Bieber said he’s been doing facial exercises to try to regain movement, but it will take time to recover.
While there are no cures for the underlying cause of Ramsay Hunt syndrome, the symptoms can be treated and managed once they present themselves. If Ramsay Hunt syndrome isn’t treated effectively, it can cause permanent muscle weakness and deafness in the affected ear.