Justin Bieber Says Incurable Disease — Not Meth — Is Why He Looks So Sick
Fresh on the heels of his first solo single in four years, Justin Bieber, 25, has opened up about his battle with Lyme disease for the very first time. The "Yummy" singer shared his recent diagnosis in an Instagram post on Wednesday.
"While a lot of people kept saying Justin Bieber looks like shit, on meth etc. they failed to realise I’ve been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease," he said in the caption alongside a screenshot of a TMZ exclusive about his health. "Not only that but [I] had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my skin, brain function, energy, and overall health."
While a lot of people kept saying justin Bieber looks like shit, on meth etc. they failed to realise I’ve been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease, not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my, skin, brain function, energy, and overall health. These things will be explained further in a docu series I’m putting on YouTube shortly.. you can learn all that I’ve been battling and OVERCOMING!! It’s been a rough couple years but getting the right treatment that will help treat this so far incurable disease and I will be back and better than ever NO CAP
A post shared by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on Jan 8, 2020 at 12:29pm PST
Lyme disease is an infection caused by bacteria commonly carried by ticks, and it affects roughly 300,000 Americans every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When left untreated, it can lead to painful, swollen joints and have a detrimental effect on the body’s circulatory and nervous systems. However, it is notoriously difficult to diagnose because the signs and symptoms of Lyme Disease — fever, headache, fatigue, et al. — often mimic those found alongside other conditions.
After Bieber revealed his diagnosis, some Twitter users did not take the news of his ongoing condition seriously. However, his wife Hailey quickly came to his defense:
For those who are trying to downplay the severity of Lyme disease. Please do your research and listen to the stories of people who have suffered with it for years. Making fun of and belittling a disease you don’t understand is never the way, all it takes is educating yourself.
— Hailey Bieber (@haileybieber) January 8, 2020
In his message to his followers, Bieber also revealed that he will share his story as he battles and overcomes his health issues in the upcoming 10-part YouTube Originals docu-series, “Justin Bieber: Seasons”, premiering January 27.
"It’s been a rough couple years but [I’m] getting the right treatment that will help treat this so far incurable disease," Bieber concluded in his Instagram post. "And I will be back and better than ever."
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