On Wednesday, Justin Bieber confirmed that he is not only struggling with Lyme disease, but also a case of chronic mono.
Reports surfaced that the “Yummy” singer would reveal his health issues in his upcoming documentary series, Justin Bieber: Seasons, which will premiere on YouTube on Monday, January 27 at 12PM ET. Sources told TMZ that the film features Bieber searching for answers for health concerns, eventually being diagnosed Lyme disease.
Bieber confirmed the story later in the day, adding that he also suffers from chronic mono.
“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 on Instagram. “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!! 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 NO CAP.”
As with anything, the news was met with some negativity online, with some questioning the severity of the “Yummy” singer’s condition. However, Hailey Bieber was quick to swoop in and speak up.
“For those who are trying to downplay the severity of Lyme disease. Please do your research and listen to the stories of people who have suffered with it for years,” she tweeted. “Making fun of and belittling a disease you don’t understand is never the way, all it takes is educating yourself.”
The newlywed then switched gears to thank those that have been publicly battling the disease, like the Hadid family and Avril Lavigne.
Reportedly, Bieber’s struggle with Lyme disease was responsible for some of the delays in new music, with Justin and his team wanting to make sure he was healthy enough before releasing an album and going on tour. Thankfully with treatment, Bieber is ready to go with a tour kicking off in May.