Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber has revealed he has been diagnosed with Lyme disease.
“It’s been a rough couple years,” the 25-year-old wrote on Instagram, adding that he was also suffering from a chronic viral infection.
The singer shared the news in an Instagram post on Wednesday, January 9, 2020, writing:
“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, not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my, skin, brain function, energy, and overall health,” Bieber wrote.
“These things will be explained further in a docu series I’m putting on YouTube shortly,” Bieber concluded his post. “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.”
According to TMZ, it’s still unclear how Bieber contacted Lyme disease, which is spread through tick bites. The site also reveals that pictures of Bieber crying in public alongside wife Hailey Bieber in 2019 were the result of the disease and caused the singer to feel depressed and scared when doctors were unable to provide a diagnosis for his symptoms.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year. If untreated, the infection can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system, leading to joint pain and swelling.