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Justin Bieber has seen the headlines about his appearance and public breakdowns and is setting the record straight. The singer shared an article by TMZ on Wednesday and confirmed the paparazzi sites’ report that Bieber has been suffering from Lyme disease, which has affected his physical, emotional and mental well-being.

According to the article, Bieber spent much of 2019 suffering from an undiagnosed case of Lyme disease. The symptoms left him weak and depressed and caused the singer to continue pushing back the release of new music. “While a lot of people kept saying Justin Bieber looks like shit, on meth etc. they failed to realize I’ve been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease,” writes Bieber in the comments of his Instagram post. “Not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my, skin, brain function, energy, and overall health.”

Bieber says that his recent health scare, which was a major factor in his ongoing battle with depression, will be discussed in detail in his upcoming YouTube documentary, Justin Bieber: Seasons. “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,” adds Justin.

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.

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Fellow Canadian Avril Lavigne was one of the first people to comment on Bieber’s post, writing “Sending you love and strength.” Lavigne was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2014 shortly after her 30th birthday. The Grammy winner went public with her diagnosis in 2015 and revealed to People Magazine that she was bedridden for five months and almost died after doctors were unable to determine the cause of her symptoms. Lavigne’s health scare inspired much of her 2019 album Head Above Water and the singer continues to help raise money for research into treatments for Lyme disease as well as awareness about the causes and symptoms of the disease through her Avril Lavigne Foundation.

 

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Today @JustinBieber shared that he has Lyme disease. There are too many people that have this debilitating disease! People I love and care about and many friends and fans I have crossed paths with. To everyone affected by Lyme, I want to tell you that there is HOPE. Because Lyme is a daily struggle, for the better part of two years, I was really sick and fighting for my life. Writing #HeadAboveWater helped me get through the worst of it, but the bad days still come and go. At the time, putting together my album saved my life. I needed to tell my story and to be able to share my experiences with others. Lyme disease is in all 50 states in the US and in EVERY country in the world, except Antarctica. It is a global pandemic but NOT a global priority. I never want others to suffer the way that I did, and because of that it is now my mission to raise awareness & funds that will help eradicate this life-altering disease. Portions of proceeds from every show on the rest of the #HeadAboveWater tour and merch sales will continue to go directly to Lyme disease. I will continue to fight and to support! @TheAvrilLavigneFoundation supports people with Lyme Disease, serious illness or disabilities. We raise awareness and aid PREVENTION of the Lyme epidemic. We impact the lives of individuals and families affected by Lyme Disease through TREATMENT grants administered by our charitable partners; and we’ve aligned with @globallymealliance to accelerate scientific research. Please, JOIN US as we endeavor to educate people, prevent the spread of Lyme and find a cure. Our initiatives enable us to provide HOPE and expand the number of lives we’re able to transform. TOGETHER we can do this. #FightLyme #LymeIsReal #TheAvrilLavigneFoundation

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According to TMZ, Bieber has also received support from the Hadid family. Bella, her mother Yolanda and her brother Anwar all have the disease and Hailey Bieber told TMZ that the family has helped Justin better understand his condition.

Bieber is reportedly feeling better, even announcing on Instagram via TMZ that once his tour is complete in 2020, he and Hailey will begin trying to start a family. This news comes as little surprise to Bieber’s followers, who have noticed the popstar posting several photos of babies on his Instagram in the past few days. Bieber fever has turned to baby fever.

Justin Bieber: Seasons is set to be released on January 27 on YouTube.