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Justin Bieber diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome, cancels shows

Justin Bieber announced on Friday that he was canceling the remainder of his world tour after being diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome.

In a video posted to Instagram, the 28-year-old singer said he suffered from complete facial paralysis on the right side of his face.

“As you can see, this eye is not blinking. I can’t smile on this side of my face. This nostril will not budge,” he explained.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Ramsay Hunt syndrome occurs when an outbreak of shingles affects the facial nerve near one of your ears. It can cause a painful shingles rash, facial paralysis, and hearing loss in the affected ear.

“So for those who are frustrated with my cancellations of upcoming shows, I’m just physically, obviously, not able to do them,” he said. “It’s quite serious, as you can see. I wish it weren’t. But obviously my body is telling me I have to slow down.

Bieber said he’s been doing facial exercises to help his face “get back to normal,” but he’s not sure how long that will take.

“I’m going to use this time to rest and relax and get back to 100% so I can do what I was born to do,” the singer said. “It’s going to be okay. And I have hope and trust in God.

Bieber canceled shows in Washington DC and Toronto earlier this week and was scheduled to perform in New York next week and Los Angeles in July.

Just a few months ago, in March, his wife Hailey Bieber was hospitalized with a small blood clot in her brain. The 25-year-old model said she suffered a mini-stroke caused by a small hole in her heart that allowed a clot to travel to her brain.




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