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Justin Bieber cancels world tour over health reasons after facial paralysis

Justin Bieber cancels world tour over health reasons after facial paralysis

The singer's announcement came after he was diagnosed with Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome

Justin Bieber has announced the cancellation of his world tour after being diagnosed with Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome earlier this year.

The singer took to Instagram to announce the news today (6 September), after previously shocking fans with footage in which his face was partially paralysed.

Bieber explained he was 'not able to complete the North American leg' of his Justice World Tour as a result of his battle with the syndrome, and said that despite his efforts to return to the stage, he was left with no choice but to call off the tour altogether.

"After resting and consulting with my doctors, family, and team, I went to Europe in an effort to continue with the tour. I performed six live shows, but it took a real toll on me," he explained.

"This past weekend, I performed at Rock in Rio, and I gave everything I have to the people in Brazil. After getting off stage, the exhaustion overtook me and I realised that I need to make my health the priority right now. So I'm going to take a break from touring for the time being."

Bieber went on to assure his fans that he's 'going to be ok', but that he needs time to 'rest and get better'.

"I've been so proud to bring this show and our message of Justice to the world, Thank you all for your prayers and support throughout all of this! I love you all passionately!," he concluded.

Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a rare neurological disorder which is typically characterised by a rash around the ear, face, or mouth. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which can also cause chickenpox and shingles, and can cause paralysis of the facial nerve.

Bieber previously showed off the extent of his facial paralysis in a video in which he said it was 'pretty serious, as you can see'.

Discussing his diagnosis, he continued: "I wish this wasn’t the case, but obviously, my body’s telling me that I gotta slow down. I hope you guys understand and I’ll be using this time to just rest and relax and get back to 100 percent so that I can do what I was born to do.

"I’m gonna get better and I’m doing all these facial exercises to get my face back to normal and it will go back to normal, it’s just time and we don’t know much time it’s gonna be," he said at the time.

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Topics: Justin Bieber, Celebrity, Music