Justin Bieber says a rare disorder that paralyzed half of the superstar’s face is the reason for postponing his tour.
The multiple Grammy winner suffers from Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, he said in a video he posted to Instagram on Friday. The syndrome causes facial paralysis and affects the facial nerves with an outbreak of shingles.
Bieber’s post comes after his shows in Toronto and Washington, DC were canceled. The singer demonstrated in the video that he could barely move one side of his face, calling the condition “pretty serious”.
“For those frustrated with my cancellations of upcoming shows, I’m just physically, obviously not able to do them,” he said. The singer added, “My body is telling me I need to slow down. I hope you understand.”
Bieber said he didn’t know how long it would take for him to heal. But he seemed positive about his full recovery with rest and therapy.
“I’m going to use this time to rest and relax and come back to one hundred percent, so I can do what I was born to do,” he said.
In March, Biebers’ wife, Hailey Bieber, was hospitalized with a blood clot in her brain.