George Clooney opens up about Bell’s palsy as a teenager: ‘Half my face is paralyzed’
George Clooney sheds light on a serious situation.
While on a trip down memory lane with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, the Hollywood actor mentioned that he suffered from Bell’s Palsy as a child, which paralyzed half of his face.
Bell’s palsy is a condition that causes sudden weakness in the muscles on one side of the face, according to the Mayo Clinic.
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During her guest appearance, Kimmel posted several throwback photos of Clooney as a child.
The first photo showed the actor with a bowl-cut hairstyle before his high school days.
“I want to point out that my mother cut my hair,” Clooney reacted.
Another framed photo showed him at 15 with long, wavy hair and a smirk on his face.
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“Now wait, I want to point something out, because you’re going to laugh, make a joke. I have Bell’s palsy over there and half my face is paralyzed,” Clooney intercepted.
The ‘Ticket to Paradise’ actor demonstrated the difference by covering half of his face in the photo with his hand and then comparing it to the other half.
“Look at that, look at that… On the other side, it’s a whole different face. So now make your joke,” Clooney told the talk show host.
“Make your joke funny… Come on, funny man. Come on, let me put a sad face on you,” he laughed.
Kimmel replied, “You know what? I had no joke, George, and you really knocked everyone down. Maybe we should give another toast to bring things back.”
George Clooney isn’t the only celebrity to have revealed he has Bell’s palsy.
In 2016, Angelina Jolie opened up about her diagnosis of Bell’s Palsy.
At the age of 42, the Oscar-winning actress opened up about her health issues – including high blood pressure, Bell’s palsy and having previously had a hysterectomy and a double mastectomy – in an interview with Vanity Fair.
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Singer Justin Bieber revealed a similar diagnosis last June. It was diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndromewhich caused partial facial paralysis.
He struggled with facial movements on the right side of his face, including blinking, moving his nostril, or simply smiling on the right side of his mouth.
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Ramsay Hunt syndrome “occurs when an outbreak of shingles affects the facial nerve near one of your ears,” according to the Mayo Clinic.