Justin Bieber is giving fans the real reason behind his battle with depression: Lyme disease.
In his upcoming YouTube documentary, Justin Bieber: Seasons, the singer, 25, reveals he experienced various health ailments and was treated with a slew of medications for months prior to being diagnosed in late 2019.
In August 2018, fans were shocked to see photos of Bieber crying uncontrollably in his car and looking miserable on several New York City dates with wife Hailey Baldwin. In some shots, the model, 23, was seen crying with her man while holding his face in her hands. Fans immediately assumed the “Sorry” singer was having second thoughts about his fast-moving relationship with Baldwin and thinking of his on-and-off romance with Selena Gomez.
A source who spotted Bieber sobbing next to Baldwin at the Leaky Cauldron bar in Orlando, Florida’s Universal Studios in November 2018 said he was “obviously” heartbroken over Gomez, 27. “He was crying and his hair was really greasy. It was a very emotional moment for sure,” said the onlooker.
Months later, in March 2019, Bieber admitted to his social media followers that he was struggling with mental health.
“Just wanted to keep you guys updated a little bit hopefully what I’m going through will resonate with you guys,” he wrote in a candid Instagram post at the time. “Just feeling super disconnected and weird. I always bounce back so I’m not worried just wanted to reach out and ask for your guys to pray for me.”
Soon, sources reported Bieber was attending counseling and relying on his church pals to keep him stable. He was seen entering his church various times with Baldwin.
In August, he took to Instagram to share tips about overcoming anxiety attacks.
Now, it’s been made clear that his Lyme disease diagnosis was behind it all.
Meanwhile, Bieber took to Instagram to share a statement about his grief and overcoming his health woes.
“While a lot of people kept saying justin Bieber looks like s**t, 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,” the singer said. “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.”
Lyme disease is contracted through a tick bite. Symptoms include rashes, headaches, fever and fatigue. Most people with the condition recover completely with appropriate antibiotic treatment.
The star — who recently released his singe “Yummy” following a long hiatus — is now being properly treated for his condition, according to reports. He is working on releasing his new album and getting ready for his tour. His documentary will premiere on January 27.