Sources told the news outlet that it’s unknown how the 25-year-old caught the disease. According to Medline Plus, Lyme disease is caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi (B burgdorferi), which is typically transmitted by Blacklegged ticks, commonly called deer ticks. While not all species of ticks carry these bacteria, some nymph ticks contract it from feeding on small rodents infected with B burgdorferi. Infected ticks can then transmit the bacteria to humans.
At first, doctors struggled to figure out what was wrong with Bieber, and it caused him to go through a serious bout of depression, according to OK!. The biggest symptoms of Lyme disease include joint pain, muscle weakness, fever, chills, headache, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes and possibly a rash, according to the Centers for Disease Control. If left untreated, Lyme disease can lead to much more serious issues such as severe joint pain and arthritis, nerve damage, memory disorders, sleep disorders and even paralysis of the face muscles, according to the CDC.
However, Lyme disease is completely treatable when caught in time. If diagnosed in the early stages, Lyme disease can usually be cured with a round of antibiotics. In Bieber’s case, as he prepares to go on his 2020 National Tour for JB5, he looks better than ever.
After the news broke, Bieber took to Instagram to clear up a few things about the disease himself. He captioned the photo:
“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, not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my, skin, brain function, energy, and overall health. 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 seen in his latest Calvin Klein ad with wife Hailey Bieber, the singer’s skin looks clear and his body appears to be in great shape.
Bieber’s Documentary Series Will Premiere Later This Month
Bieber’s documentary, entitled Seasons, will be released on January 27. Although it seemed like it could just be a promotion for his upcoming album release, it appears that it will reveal a lot more about the “Sorry” singer than fans ever knew before.
In paparazzi photos of the singer leaving a medical office in Beverly Hills back in September, it appeared Bieber was attached to an IV drip. Many fans were worried and confused. However, it was part of his treatment before doctors diagnosed him with Lyme disease, according to TMZ.
Bieber’s Diagnosis Could Explain The Delay In His Upcoming Album
Bieber’s diagnosis may also explain why his upcoming album kept getting delayed, as it’s hard to go on a national tour and promote new music while battling a mystery illness that makes you constantly feel awful. While the singer recently dropped the new single “Yummy,” he’s been dropping hints that new music was just around the corner since last year.
Back in October, the 25-year-old newly married man to model Hailey Bieber (née Baldwin) shared a since-deleted post on Instagram that read, “If this gets 20 million likes, Justin Bieber will release a new album before Christmas.” In November, Bieber was spotted in Miami trolling himself by wearing a shirt that read, “Drop the album already,” according to TMZ.
There’s still a lot of mystery surrounding Bieber’s new music release, and the anticipation is running high since it’s been nearly five years since he last released an album.