LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Bieber says the reason for the postponement of his tour is a rare medical condition that left half of the superstar’s face paralyzed.
The multiple Grammy winner suffers from Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, he said in a video he posted on Instagram Friday. The syndrome causes facial paralysis and affects the nerves of the face as a result of a shingles flare.
Bieber’s post comes after he canceled his appearances in Toronto and Washington, DC. The singer showed in the video that he could barely move one side of his face, calling the illness “pretty serious.”
“For those who are disappointed that I canceled the following shows, I’m just physically, obviously, unable to do them,” he said. The singer added, “My body is telling me that I need to slow down. I hope you understand”.
Bieber said he wasn’t sure how long it would take for him to heal. But he seemed confident that he would make a full recovery with rest and therapy.
“I use this time to just rest, relax and come back one hundred percent so that I can do what I was born to do,” he said.
In March, Bieber’s wife, Hailey Bieber, was hospitalized due to a blood clot in her brain.
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