Nervous tics, face perception disorder and more: 5 stars who suffer from incurable diseases
Hollywood stars attract attention with their striking images and charismatic behaviour. But few people know that behind their smiles, some of them hide the worries associated with incurable diseases.
Despite the challenges, these heroes continue to break new ground in cinema and music. Read more about them in the OBOZREVATEL article.
1. Justin Bieber
Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor Justin Bieber is battling Lyme disease. It is an infectious disease that is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tick. It is characterised mainly by damage to the skin, nervous system, musculoskeletal system and heart. In Justin's case, it caused chronic fatigue and a rash on his face and body. In addition, his brain function deteriorated.
2. Billie Eilish
The American singer and songwriter Billie Eilish has been suffering from Tourette's syndrome since childhood. It is a disease of the nervous system that manifests itself in the form of involuntary facial movements that cannot be controlled. That is why the star sometimes has a strange facial expression.
3. Brad Pitt
The American film actor and producer Brad Pitt was diagnosed with a disease that is not life-threatening, but definitely uncomfortable. He has prosopagnosia, a brain disease that prevents him from remembering people's faces. In an interview, Brad admitted that sometimes it can be difficult for him to recognise others, and he worries that some people think he is too "distant, unavailable and absorbed in his thoughts".
4. Michael J. Fox
Canadian and American actor, writer, producer and director Michael J. Fox gained worldwide fame for his performance as Marty McFly in the Back to the Future science fiction trilogy. At the age of 29, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, which gradually leads to mental degradation, causing depression, sleep and memory problems. Despite the difficulties, Michael still found the strength to make occasional film and television appearances. He also founded a foundation that funds research into parkinsonism and other incurable diseases.
5. Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez, an American actress, singer, designer, model and producer, knows what it means to fight for life. In 2015, she was diagnosed with lupus (Liebman-Sachs disease). This is a connective tissue disease that manifests itself in a number of organs and systems. As a result of the disease, Selena began to experience mental attacks and developed depression. She later underwent a kidney transplant. Despite her illness, the artist continued to work on music, acting and charity projects.
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