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Justin Bieber shares face mobility update after Ramsay Hunt Syndrome diagnosis

Ali Condon

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Justin Bieber shares face mobility update after Ramsay Hunt Syndrome diagnosis

Justin Bieber has shared a health update with fans amid his recovery from Ramsay Hunt Syndrome.

The unusual nerve condition had left Bieber with facial paralysis when he was first diagnosed but, as you can see, a lot has changed in a year:

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In a post to his Instagram Story on Wednesday (15 March), Justin showed fans what his facial mobility is looking like, compared to last June, when one-half of his face was completely paralysed.

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"Wait for it..." he wrote in the post, before showing off a full grin and looking from side to side.

This is a huge step for the 29-year-old who, last summer, had no control of one of his eyelids and could only turn one-half of his mouth up into a smile.

Fans will be thrilled to see his recovery is going well, especially since it was just earlier this month that the 'Peaches' singer cancelled the remainder of his world tour.

Although Justin still hasn't publicly commented on the cancellation, his team confirmed the sad news to fans on 1 March, just one day before Bieber's birthday.

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Justin had been scheduled to play Dublin, Manchester, Paris, London, and Krakow, before jetting off for two nights in Australia and eventually getting back to the States for a few summer gigs.

Justin worried fans when he cancelled the rest of his world tour. Credit: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo
Justin worried fans when he cancelled the rest of his world tour. Credit: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo

Justin's team had given no official reason for the cancellation, but the assumption was that it was probably down to Justin's battle with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, which has forced him to cancel gigs in the past.

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is a rare neurological disorder that causes facial nerve weakness or paralysis, a ringing of the ears, and hearing loss.

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Only five in 100,000 people develop RHS in the US every year, according to the National Organisation for Rare Diseases, and it mostly affects adults over 60.

The rare illness can also impact the vocal cords, which of course would have caused serious problems for the singer.

After he cancelled his first batch of shows back in June 2022, Justin took to Instagram to reveal how much he was suffering from RHS.

"As you can see, this eye is not blinking," he told fans in a video.

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"I can't smile on this side of my face... so there's full paralysis on this side of my face."

Justin appears to be doing a lot better now. Credit: UPI/Alamy Live News
Justin appears to be doing a lot better now. Credit: UPI/Alamy Live News

He explained: "It is from this virus that attacks the nerve in my ear and my facial nerves and has caused my face to have paralysis.

"This is pretty serious, as you can see. I wish this wasn't the case, but, obviously, my body's telling me I've got to slow down," he said.

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"I hope you guys understand. I'll be using this time to just rest and relax and get back to a hundred percent so that I can do what I was born to do."

Now that JB has had that time to recover and take care of himself, it looks like he's doing a lot better. I'm sure we'll see him back on the road in no time!

Featured Image Credit: Instagram / @justinbieber

Topics: Justin Bieber, Health, Celebrity, Music

Ali Condon
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