What Is Ramsay Hunt Syndrome? Justin Bieber Reveals Why He Canceled Shows

Justin Bieber revealed to fans why he has been canceling the last few shows of his world tour.

In a video published to Bieber's social media accounts, the "Peaches" singer announced that he has facial paralysis due to a disorder called Ramsay Hunt syndrome.

He explains that the right side of his face is paralyzed due to the disorder.

Bieber captioned the post, "IMPORTANT PLEASE WATCH. I love you guys and keep me in your prayers."

"For those who are frustrated by my cancellations of the next shows, um, I'm just physically obviously not capable of doing them," he said. "This is pretty serious as you can see. I wish this wasn't the case but obviously, my body is telling me I gotta slow down and I hope you guys understand and I will 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."

Many celebrities and fans sent him love, prayers and support in the comment section.

DJ Khaled commented, "Love u brother ! U will be great ! Rest up brother. We love u ! GOD LOVES U ! WE LOVE GOD ! Love forever!"

"Damn. You'll overcome this. Heal up man, thinking of you," said Cody Simpson.

Justin Timberlake wrote, "Love you, bro. Prayers up and sending lots of healing vibes!"

"love you so much. I admire you so much," exclaimed Shawn Mendes.

"health is wealth. keeping you in my prayers and wishing you a speedy recovery. take care of you Justin, we love you," one Bieber fan said.

"Justin, don't worry about the shows," said another. "Your beliebers only care about your health. We are praying for you. We are with you, always."

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Newsweek discusses what Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is after Justin Bieber announces he has canceled shows because of it. Mike Rosenthal/Getty Images

Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a disorder that causes paralysis of the face and could cause a rash near the ears or mouth. This disorder is caused by the varicella zoster virus, which causes chickenpox in children and shingles in adults. The virus can spread and affect the facial nerve, according to rarediseases.org.

Common symptoms that one can expect when having Ramsay Hunt syndrome include a red rash with blisters on, in and around one ear, facial paralysis on the side of the rash, hearing loss, ear ringing, vertigo, dry mouth or eyes and finding it difficult closing eyes, according to Mayo Clinic.

What are the risk factors for getting diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome? Some include if one previously had chickenpox, is 60 years or older, or having a compromised immune system. These are also the same risks as one with shingles, via Healthline.

Typical treatment for Ramsay Hunt syndrome is medication including antiviral drugs, corticosteroids, anti-anxiety medications and pain killers, according to Mayo Clinic.