Toronto, Canada – Justin Bieber on Thursday revealed via Instagram that he suffers from Lyme, an infectious disease caused by tick bites, as well as infectious mononucleosis – commonly known as mono – which is a viral ailment.
Bieber, 25, revealed his medical condition in response to criticism over his physical appearance and to announce a documentary series on his life, titled “Justin Bieber: Seasons,” which is set to be released on YouTube around the end of January.
“While a lot of people kept saying Justin Bieber looks like s***, on meth etc. they failed to realize I’ve been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease,” the Canadian singer wrote.
“Not only that, but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my skin, brain function, energy, and overall health,” he continued.
“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!!” the singer added.
“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,” Bieber concluded.
The announcement comes right after the release of “Yummy” last week, marking Bieber’s first single in four years.
The effects of Lyme disease vary in severity. In most of the affected people, the main sign of the infection is a rash accompanied by symptoms of fatigue, headaches and fever.
If the disease remains untreated, it can spread to the heart, nervous system and skin. In the most severe cases, the disease can cause arthritis, encephalopathies and neurological disorders.
In November 2019, Bieber celebrated 10 years of his first extended play (EP), “My World,” which shot him to global fame.
This is not the first time that the singer has used Instagram to go public about his personal issues.
In September 2019, he turned to the social media platform to confess to taking drugs, suffering from depression and described the abusive nature of his relationships. EFE-EPA
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