20 Celebs You Didn’t Know Were Sick

Celebrities are idolized all around the world and them getting affected by long-term conditions or diseases is not something we would immediately think of. As we have witnessed, celebrities are human – they have emotions, needs, wants, and they are as susceptible to getting sick as we are.

Here are a few A-List stars who keep up with chronic diseases and other medical conditions.

Nick Jonas

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The youngest out of the Jonas Brothers trio went public and talked about his type 1 diabetes back in 2007. According to him, some of the symptoms that he has experieced are weight loss and thirst.

He even shares a story about when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, his blood sugar had blown the roof with over 700. That’s extremely high considering that normal blood sugar levels range from 70 to 120.

Tiki Barber

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The former football player has come out about his sickle cell disease. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a blood disorder that affects red blood cells and is passed on genetically. Other people with the disease go to regular blood transfusions over the years.

Michael J. Fox

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Back in 1991, Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease but he decided to wait a bit before going out to the public – in which he did in 1998. Because of his diagnosis, he founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation which aims to find a cure for the disease by research.

Robin Roberts

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Robin Roberts is one of the most popular news anchors in America and she is also known to have gone through life-changing ordeals over the years. In 2007, she battled breast cancer. The year after that, she went through chemotherapy and radiation.

However, in 2012, she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome which involved the bone marrow.

Selena Gomez

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The singer-actress, Selena Gomez, is suffering from lupus, an autoimmune disease. According to sources, Gomez checked into a rehab facility in 2015 to receive treatment. Up until today, she openly talks about her struggles with fatigue and other symptoms of this illness.

Kim Kardashian

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Despite her seemingly perfect body, Kim suffers from a skin condition called psoriasis. She talked about this on an episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” back in 2011.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune diseases that affects the skin by causing it to produce bumps or scaly patches. As of now, there is no definite cure for it but treatments for its symptoms are available.

Sarah Hyland

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In a recent interview, the Modern Family star, Sarah Hyland, talks about her journey with kidney dysplasia and how she got a transplant to replace one of her kidneys.

Lil Wayne

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Rumor has it that Lil Wayne wears darkly tinted shades to prevent seizures, Yes, seizures. Lil Wayne suffers from epilepsy which was bad enough to get him confined in a hospital for an entire week after suffering through 3 consecutive seizures.

Halle Berry

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You wouldn’t have guessed it but Halle Berry has type 2 diabetes, meaning her body cannot produce enough insulin to turn sugar into energy. She is almost always tired because of this but she copes with the disorder through daily insulin injections and a special diet.

Bella Hadid

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Bella Hadid is one of the biggest names in the modeling industry. With her globe-trotting lifestyle, you would expect her to be in tip-top shape but she isn’t. She suffers with Lyme disease which can cause chronic headaches, thyroid dysfunction and inflammation.

Dan Reynolds

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Dan Reynolds, the lead singer of Imagine Dragons, has a rare autoimmune disease called ankylosing spondylitis. A few manifestations of this are arthritis leading to painful and swollen joints. When he discovered about his condition, he partnered with ThisASLife to help spread awareness.

Missy Elliott

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Missy Elliott has a rare autoimmune disorder called Graves’ disease. It affects the thyroid which causes hyperhyroidism. The rapper was diagnosed with the disease after disclosing to the doctors about her tremors – that were so bad it made Missy crash her car.

Pamela Anderson

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Sex symbol, Pamela Anderson, had Hepatitis C. She says that she got the disease after getting a tattoo with the same needle as her then-husband, Tommy Lee. According to sources, Anderson has been cured of Hepatitis C as of 2015.

Nick Cannon

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As we get older, our chances of having health issues go up. Nick Cannon was an icon in the 2000s era which tells us a lot about his age. Early 2012, Cannon was diagnosed with lupus nephritis, which is kidney-related, after complaining about his knees swelling up.

Miley Cyrus

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In her book “Miles to Go,” Miley Cyrus talks about her condition called tachycardia. Meaning, her heart rate is faster than the normal resting heart rate. Although it isn’t life-threatening, the singer said that it bothers her especially when she performs. “There is never a time on-stage when I’m not thinking about my heart.”

Bret Michaels

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Bret Michaels has a literal hole in his heart. Back in 2010, the rock singer was diagnosed with a heart condition called patent foramen ovale (PFO). Prior to getting diagnosed, he was admitted to the hospital because he was suffering form numbness on the right side of his body. The Poison singer also suffers from diabetes.


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Contrary to popular opinion, the scars on Seal’s face did not come from any tragedy or fight. The scars are from a type of lupus called discoid lupus erythematosus which affects the skin. Having this condition can also cause sensitivity to ultraviolet light.

Hugh Jackman

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Although Hugh Jackman played Wolverine, he isn’t as strong and indestructible as the character. He, matter of fact, has dealt with skin cancer on four different occasions. Instead of taking the experience in a bad way, Jackman describes the ordeal as shocking and humbling.

Gigi Hadid

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Supermodel and baby mama to Zayn Malik, Gigi Hadid suffers from Hashimoto’s disease which has caused her weight to fluctuate. When you are a known model with weight changes, you become the target of body shamers which is why she’s vigilant in dismissing them.

Ariana Grande

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Ariana Grande’s petite physique contradicts her massive personality that you wouldn’t even know that she has PTSD. The Positions singer still gets flashbacks of the suicide bombings in Manchester which left 22 dead.

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