LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Bieber says a rare condition that paralyzed half of the superstar artist’s face is the reason for his tour postponement.
The multi-Grammy winner suffers from Ramsay Hunt syndrome, he said in a video he posted on Instagram on Friday. The syndrome causes facial paralysis and affects the nerves in the face from a shingles outbreak.
Bieber’s post comes after he canceled his shows in Toronto and Washington, DC. The singer demonstrated in the video that he could barely move one side of his face and called the condition “pretty serious”.
“For those frustrated with my cancellations of the following shows, I’m just physically unable to do them,” he said. The singer added: “My body is telling me to slow down. I hope you understand.”
Bieber said he’s not sure how long it will take to heal. But he seemed positive about a full recovery through rest and therapy.
“I will use this time to rest and relax and get back to 100 percent so I can do what I was born to do,” he said.
In March, Biebers’ wife, Hailey Bieber, was hospitalized because of a blood clot in her brain.
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