Justin Bieber shares heartbreaking statement as he cancels world tour
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Justin Bieber has shared a heartbreaking statement after he made the difficult decision to cancel his world tour.
The 'Baby' singer, 28, explained that he is currently suffering from 'exhaustion' and is taking a step back from the limelight to focus on his health.
Bieber has been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which saw him experience facial paralysis earlier this year.
Bieber wrote on his Instagram story: "Earlier this year, I went public about my battle with Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome, where my face was partly paralysed.
"As a result of this illness, I was not able to complete the North America leg of the Justice Tour.
"After resting and consulting with my doctors, family and team, I went to Europe in an effort to continue with the tour. I performed six live shows, but it took a real toll on me.
"This past weekend, I performed at Rock in Rio and I gave everything I have to the people in Brazil. After getting off stage, the exhaustion overtook me and I realized I need to make my health the priority right now.
"So I'm going to take a break from touring for the time being. I'm going to be OK, but I need time to rest and get better."
The singer then took the opportunity to thank his fans for their ongoing support, adding: "'I've been so proud to bring this show and our message of Justice to the world.
"Thank you for your prayers and support throughout all of this! I love you all passionately!"
Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a rare neurological disorder and the singer reportedly has a severe case of the condition.
Sharing footage of himself during facial paralysis, Bieber said: "As you can see, this eye is not blinking. I can't smile on this side of my face. This nostril will not move."
The NHS reports that the condition is caused by a virus in the facial nerve and other symptoms include ear and mouth blisters.
Treatment includes steroids, antiviral medicine as well as eye care and face rehabilitation.
In a statement to the Daily Mail, Bieber's touring company, Frontier Touring, said: "We are aware that Justin Bieber has decided to take a break from touring and wish Justin a speedy recovery and admire his decision to put his health first.
"We can't wait to see him back on the road. Our understanding is the Australian and New Zealand leg of the tour is set to continue as scheduled."
Tyla has reached out to Bieber's representatives for comment.