Many fans are sending their love to Jessie J after she revealed that she had been diagnosed with Ménière’s disease. During an Instagram Live on Saturday, December 26, the singer explained that she was taken to the hospital on Christmas eve after developing severe hearing problems.
“I woke up and felt like I was completely deaf in my right ear, couldn’t walk in a straight line,” the “Domino” songstress explained. “Basically, I got told I had Ménière’s syndrome.”
Symptoms of Ménière’s disease include vertigo and dizziness — which could lead to nausea and imbalance — loss of hearing and ear pressure. Jessie J also said that she felt “much better” after being put on the “right medicine.”
“It could be way worse. It is what it is,” she continued. “I’m super grateful for my health. It just threw me off. On Christmas Eve I was in the ear hospital going, ‘What is going on?’ But I’m grateful I went early and they worked out what it was real quick.”
It turns out, she’s not the only big star to get diagnosed with a disorder or disease over the years. Yep, celebrities like Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Gigi Hadid and more are living with illnesses or conditions that you may not even know about.
Gomez suffers from an autoimmune disease called lupus, which is a “chronic (long-term) disease that can cause inflammation and pain in any part of your body. It’s an autoimmune disease, which means that your immune system — the body system that usually fights infections — attacks healthy tissue instead.” It can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.
In September 2017, the former Disney actress revealed via Instagram that she had to get a kidney transplant because of the disease. And get this — the new organ that she received happened to come from someone very special to her — fellow actress and best friend Francia Racia.
“I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health,” Gomez wrote on Instagram at the time. “I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made.”
Sarah Hyland was born with kidney dysplasia, which is “a condition in which the internal structures of one or both of a fetus’ kidneys do not develop normally while in the womb.” Over the years, the Modern Family actress told Self Magazine that she had to get 16 surgeries, including two kidney transplants.
“That’s why I’m so independent,” she explained. “In some areas of my life, I literally have no choice but to be dependent. I’ve been going through this for 28 years, and I still am learning how to let go of control and how to be patient.”
Kardashian has psoriasis — a “condition in which skin cells build up and form scales and itchy, dry patches.” The reality star previously opened up about her battle with the disease on Poosh, writing, “When I was 25, I had my first psoriasis flare-up. I got a common cold, and since psoriasis is an autoimmune condition, this triggered it. It was all over my stomach and legs. For the past eight years, although the spots are unpredictable, I can always count on my main spot on my right lower leg, which consistently stays flared up. I have learned to live with this spot without using any creams or medication — I just deal. Sometimes I cover it up and sometimes I don’t. It doesn’t really bother me.”
Hadid revealed that she had Hashimoto’s disease in 2018, while clapping back at people who were commenting on her weight.
“For those of you so determined to come up with why my body has changed over the years, you may not know that when I started at 17 I was not yet diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease. Those of you who called me ‘too big for the industry’ were seeing inflammation and water retention due to that,” she wrote on Twitter. “Over the last few years I’ve been properly medicated to help symptoms including those, as well as extreme fatigue, metabolism issues, body’s ability to retain heat, etc.”
If someone has Hashimoto’s disease, their “immune system attacks their thyroid, a small gland at the base of your neck below your Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system, which produces hormones that coordinate many of your body’s functions.” Symptoms include fatigue and unexplained weight gain.
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Her siblings, Bella and Anwar Hadid, both have Lyme disease — a tick-borne illness that causes “flu-like symptoms, joint pain and weakness in the limbs.” When she was first diagnosed, the model admitted that it was a “dark time” for her.
“I was exhausted all the time,” she told Evening Standard. “It affected my memory so I suddenly wouldn’t remember how to drive to Santa Monica from Malibu where I lived. I couldn’t ride. I was just too sick. And I had to sell my horse because I couldn’t take care of it.”
Bieber admitted that he also has Lyme disease in January 2020. At the time, he wrote on Instagram, “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. These things will be explained further in a docuseries 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.”
His wife, Hailey Baldwin, later slammed people who were “downplaying” the disease.
“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. Making fun of and belittling a disease you don’t understand is never the way, all it takes is educating yourself,” she wrote on her Stories.
Nick Jonas was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2006. And during the Jonas Brothers documentary, Chasing Happiness, Kevin Jonas recalled seeing “every single bone in [Nick’s] body” before they discovered what was wrong with him.
“I went to my parents’ house crying and said something’s wrong with Nick, we have to bring him to the doctor,” Joe Jonas added.
In November 2019, the singer took to Instagram to celebrate the 13th anniversary since his diagnosis, and he reflected on his battle with the disease.
“13 years ago today I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The picture on the left is me a few weeks after my diagnosis. Barely 100 pounds after having lost so much weight from my blood sugar being so high before going to the doctor where I would find out I was diabetic. On the right is me now. Happy and healthy,” he wrote, alongside pictures of him then and of him now. “Prioritizing my physical health, working out and eating healthy and keeping my blood sugar in check. I have full control of my day to day life with this disease, and I’m so grateful to my family and loved ones who have helped me every step of the way. Never let anything hold you back from living your best life. Thank you to all my fans for your kind words and support. Means more than you know. Love you all.”
Lady Gaga suffers from fibromyalgia, which is “a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.”
“I get so irritated with people who don’t believe fibromyalgia is real. For me, and I think for many others, it’s really a cyclone of anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, and panic disorder, all of which sends the nervous system into overdrive, and then you have nerve pain as a result,” the “Bad Romance” songstress previously explained. “People need to be more compassionate. Chronic pain is no joke. And it’s every day waking up not knowing how you’re going to feel.”
In her book Miles to Go, Miley Cyrus explained that she has a disease called tachycardia. Tachycardia causes “rapid heartbeat that may be regular or irregular, but is out of proportion to age and level of exertion or activity.”
After years of suffering, Halsey found out that she had endometriosis in 2016. Endometriosis is a “painful disorder in which tissue similar to the tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus.” The singer wrote on Twitter at the time, “I was recently diagnosed after years of suffering and finding myself doubled over backstage in the middle of my sets, or fighting back tears on an airplane, or even being in so much pain that I would vomit or faint. Finding out that I had endo was the most bittersweet moment because it meant I wasn’t crazy!”
Avril Lavigne has Lyme disease, and she said it made her stay in bed for “two years.”
“I’m achy, I’m fatigued, I cannot get the f**k out of bed — what the f**k is wrong with me?” she recalled asking herself before she was diagnosed.
Sasha Pieterse suffers from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome — “a hormonal disorder causing enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges.” Symptoms include menstrual irregularity, excess hair growth, acne, and obesity.
“As a lot of you have noticed my body has gone through some changes, and I want to clear the air and give you an explanation. I have been facing a bad hormone imbalance that has thrown my body completely out of whack,” she wrote on Instagram back in 2015. “I want to assure you that I’m healthy and getting everything back on track! A big thanks to all of you who have been in my corner!”