Pop star Justin Bieber has asked fans to pray for him as he battles Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which has caused the right side of his face to have paralysis, but he said he trusts God that “it’s all for a reason.”

“Obviously, as you can probably see from 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,” the singer and devout Christian said in an Instagram video. He also explained that his diagnosis was the reason why he had to cancel some of his shows. He acknowledged his fan’s frustrations but added that he was physically unable to perform at the time.

However, the 28-year-old singer told his fans, “it’s going to be okay, and I have hope.” He said, “I trust God, and I trust that it’s all for a reason. I’m not sure what that is right now, but in the meantime, I’m going to rest, and I love you guys.”


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Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a rare neurological disorder that causes paralysis of the facial nerve, or facial palsy, and a rash affecting the ear or mouth. According to the Rare Disease Database, ear abnormalities like ringing in the ears and hearing loss may also be present. The illness is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is also behind chickenpox in children and shingles, or herpes zoster, in adults.

However, Bieber may already be showing signs of progress. Charles Nduka, a consultant plastic reconstructive surgeon in Britain, said he noticed in Bieber’s video that he appears to have some evidence of recovery, which is encouraging. Nduka also told Reuters that almost 75 percent of patients with the syndrome who receive early treatment recover fully.

In March, Bieber revealed to fans how God helped his wife, Hailey Bieber after she suffered a blood clot in her brain. A week after his wife was rushed to the hospital for exhibiting stroke-like symptoms due to a blood clot in her brain, the artist shared how the health scare impacted his family at his March 16th concert in Denver, Colorado.

The Biebers, who have been married for three years, identify as Christians. And the singer gave God the glory for his bride’s recovery. Bieber said, “I know for a fact that God has her in the palms of His hands, and that’s a good thing.” Bieber also used this time to share how life throws you curveballs, and you can’t control much of anything.

That sentiment is so true; life tends to throw you curveballs when you least expect it. All Justin Bieber wants to do is continue his tour and perform for his adoring fans. However, this diagnosis has put a dent in his plans to do so. Maybe this was God’s way of telling Bieber that he needed to slow down and rest. Whatever the case, we pray that Justin makes a speedy recovery and for his family during this time.

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