Justin Bieber’s ‘severe’ face paralysis could cause ‘long-term’ damage as experts weigh in

Pop superstar Justin Bieber could be left with a “long term” case of facial paralysis after suffering from a rare side effect of shingles that has severely limited the movement of his face.

The 28 year old singer first shared the news on social media on Friday, that he was suffering from Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, a rare complication of the shingles virus.

In a short video shared on Instagram, the star is seen visibly unable to blink as he shares his experience with fans and updates them on why he has had to cancel his highly anticipated appearances.

He said: “Hey everyone Justin here, I wanted to update you guys on what's been going on,” began the star as he clued fans in on his facial paralysis.

Justin then continued: “Obviously as you can probably see with my face. I have this syndrome called Ramsay Hunt syndrome and it is from this virus that attacks the nerves in my ear and my facial nerves and has caused my face to have paralysis.”

Explaining a little more about the extent of his paralysis Justin said: “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.“

“So for those who are frustrated by my cancellation of the next shows, I’m just physically not obviously capable of doing them.”

However just a few hours later, the singer returned to Instagram to reveal that things had worsened and that it had "been getting progressively harder to eat which has been extremely frustrating.

"Please pray for me," he added.

This lead one neurological expert to suggest that his condition was on the more severe end of the spectrum and may even leave the singer with long term paralysis.

Professor Derick Wade, an expert in neurological rehabilitation at Oxford Brookes University has suggested that the Canadian idol could have “longterm” effects a result of the rare condition.

Although most people recover fully, Justin appears to have a “serious case of the virus”, said the Professor.

"I noticed that there wasn't any movement, so that is quite severe loss," he told Sky News.

“How well will it recover? He's already told you the answer to that."


Despite the severity of his condition, Justin has continued to remain positive and reassure fans that he hopes to recover soon.

Justin said: “This is pretty serious as you can see. I wish this wasn’t the case, but obviously my body is telling me I’ve gotta slow down and I hope you guys understand.”

The star then added he would be using the time to fully recover and rest ahead of his return as he told his fans: “I’ll be using this time to just rest and relax and get back to 100% so I can do what I was born to do.”

The news comes just days after the singer announced he was postponing some of his tour on Tuesday, due to a “non-covid related illness”

“Can't believe I'm saying this. I've done everything to get better but my sickness is getting worse,” the heartbroken star told his 539.2M social media followers.

“My heart breaks that I will have to postpone these next few shows (doctors orders). To all my people I love you so much and I'm gonna rest and get better.”

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