It can be easy to think of our favorite stars as untouchable beings who don’t have to worry about the rest of the world. However, some celebrities have been living with hidden health conditions all this time.
It can often feel like a day doesn’t go by without our favorite celebrities raising money for various causes around the world. They could ask their followers to donate anything they can, announce to the world they’ve managed to donate a life-changing amount, or head to a charity gala with some of the biggest names in show business. Whatever the case, many celebrities know how to use their money for good. Just because several stars are used to sharing the love and raising awareness for other causes doesn’t mean their lives are always easy.
Believe it or not, but many celebrities have been living with hidden health conditions all this time. Some have used their personal experiences to share insights and spread awareness about certain illnesses and conditions, while others prefer to keep their personal lives away from the cameras. One thing’s for sure: several stars have shown the world that having a health condition doesn’t have to mean the end of the line. In fact, it can be a huge push to try and go one step further in many aspects of life. After all, if you can overcome or learn how to work with a health condition, you can probably tackle anything.
Bella Hadid has opened up about her Lyme disease to help others
Even though she is one of the most famous models in the world, not a lot of people know that Bella Hadid has secretly been battling Lyme disease for years. This is a type of bacterial infection that is most commonly spread by ticks. The symptoms of the illness include tiredness, pain in joints and muscles, headaches, and a high temperature.
Bella’s mom first confirmed the model had been diagnosed with Lyme disease on an episode of the reality show ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.’ Now the cat is out of the bag, Bella has used her fame to spread awareness of the illness. She even received a Global Lyme Alliance award that Bella dedicated to all the teenagers out there also battling Lyme disease.
Jack Osbourne first learned he had multiple sclerosis in 2012
Jack Osbourne shot to fame thanks to his family’s reality show and has remained in the spotlight ever since. The star was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) back in 2012 after tests to uncover why he suddenly lost vision in one of his eyes. The symptoms of the illness can vary within each person, with some having symptoms like mobility issues or speech impediments.
Thankfully, Jack received treatment that means he can almost completely see out of his right eye once again and has spoken publicly about the effect of it all. Although he admits that MS has sometimes made him feel down, Jack wants the world to know that it’s not the end of everything and told Today, “there’s absolutely hope.”
Will.I.Am learned how to use music to control his ADHD
One of the biggest names in music, Will.I.Am, surprised the world when he admitted he lives with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, better known as ADHD. Many people with the condition struggle to concentrate on things for a long period of time, something Will.I.Am. says he’s dealt with his entire life.
The musician spoke to The Mirror, where he confessed it actually works in his favor. In fact, Will.I.Am. said that he often has a lot of thoughts going through his head and likes to bounce ideas around, two things that have greatly helped him in business meetings and when working on new projects. Now, Will.I.Am. says he uses music as a way to cope with his ADHD.
Dan Reynolds has worked hard to learn how to live his ankylosing spondylitis
For many years, Dan Reynolds – the frontman of Imagine Dragons – kept his ankylosing spondylitis diagnosis a secret from everyone apart from his bandmates and wife. Apparently, the musician thought it was embarrassing as it’s a form of autoimmune disease. Thankfully, Dan has learned that ankylosing spondylitis is nothing to be ashamed of and now wants everyone else with the illness to feel the same way.
One of the main symptoms is intense pain, often in the back, pelvis, and legs, something that once caused Dan to cancel shows. That was until he publicly announced his diagnosis at a concert in 2015. Ever since, Dan has raised awareness and even designed a website to spread the word and help people find professionals in their local area.
Nick Jonas was 13 years old when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes
Musician Nick Jonas was just 13 years old when he was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. This is the variant that means patients often have to use insulin to maintain their blood sugar levels. Nick has been pretty open about his illness, especially as he says that it used to make him feel pretty isolated from the world.
Now, the musician has used his platform to try and help other people in need. Nick held to found Beyond Type 1 back in 2015, an organization that helps empower people living with Type 1 diabetes and raises funds that can be used to research the condition. Nick has even helped to build a community of people to ensure no one ever feels alone.
Venus Williams has battled Sjögren’s syndrome throughout her career
Various autoimmune diseases all have their own symptoms. Some of the main ones that come with Sjögren’s syndrome are a dry mouth, fatigue, and joint pain. Even so, tennis superstar and living legend Venus Williams has never let any of it keep her down. In 2011, Venus opened up about a life with Sjögren’s syndrome to the New York Times.
The sports star confessed that some days are hard as she wakes up almost feeling like she has the flu. Venus also says that she often feels drained and has to battle to keep going through the day. Thankfully, Sjögren’s syndrome doesn’t seem to have thrown Venus off her tennis game over the years as she is one of the most decorated – and famous – names in the sport.
Shania Twain almost lost her singing voice due to Lyme disease
Shania Twain has been the voice of some pretty iconic tunes over the years, including ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ and ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman!’ Would you believe that things could have been very different if Lyme disease had its way? That’s right; Shania is one of the many people who have had to battle the illness over the years.
Apparently, it didn’t take long for the singer to develop dysphonia as an added complication of the illness. Shania now has to go through lengthy warm-ups and physical therapy to try to make sure her voice is safe. Although it was a scary time for the musician, Shania told People magazine that she “found a way” out the other side.
Frankie Muniz has suffered several mini-strokes over the years
It can be pretty frustrating not to have an answer to something. No one knows that more than Frankie Muniz. The actor rose to intense levels of fame throughout his childhood and has dabbled in a few roles here and there ever since. Sadly, in 2012, Frankie had his first mini-stroke. Unlike full-on strokes, they usually don’t have any lasting effects.
In the years since, Frankie has had at least 15 mini-strokes and gone through every test possible to try and find an answer. Some experts believe that it could be a result of a handful of concussions Frankie had throughout his childhood. Frankie? He says he’s learned to accept it and no longer wants to look for answers to the questions.
Mick Mars won’t let his ankylosing spondylitis stand in his way
The Motley Crüe are one of those bands that seem to have touched many people’s lives and are still going strong today. Mick Mars has been the lead guitarist for the band all these years, but he has actually lived with ankylosing spondylitis in front of our eyes. The type of arthritis does affect Mick’s life as he told Classic Rock Revisited that he always has some form of pain in his hips.
Thankfully, he seems to have it almost under control. Mick also confessed that he has good and bad days, but nothing will be enough to hold him back. In fact, the musician now thinks of his condition as more of an “inconvenience” than something that holds him back.
Lady Gaga revealed to her fans she has fibromyalgia in 2017
Lady Gaga has been at the center of several discussions over the years. In 2017, the musician started one of her own as Gaga revealed she had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. This is an illness that can cause severe pain throughout someone’s body and was once so bad that Gaga had to cancel some of her tour dates in Europe.
Thankfully, things have come a long way over the years as Gaga’s now learned what she needs to do to keep her condition under control. In 2018, Gaga spoke to Vogue about her diagnosis. She confessed that she feels people need to be more “compassionate,” but even Gaga’s diagnosis hasn’t stopped her from becoming one of the biggest names in pop.
George Clooney has lived with headaches and chronic pain since an accident on set
Being on the set of the 2005 geographical thriller movie ‘Syriana’ changed George Clooney’s life forever. George was the star of the movie and was busy filming a scene that involved his character getting tortured by someone else. Everything was going well until George fell backward from his chair and cut his head.
It turned out the damage was worse than anyone realized as George later learned he’d torn the outer layer of his spine, and it was leaking fluid. Amazingly, George’s new condition was caught, and the actor had surgery shortly after. Sadly, he has been left with chronic pain ever since, but that’s not the end of it all. George has continued to act all these years later, even with his diagnosis.
Halle Berry has been controlling her Type 1 diabetes for more than three decades
It turns out that Halle Berry was just 19 years old when she first learned that she had Type 1 diabetes. She spoke to the LA Times about her experience, where Halle confessed she had to learn how to manage her new diagnosis. Halle said that it took a couple of years of dedication to change her lifestyle and live with diabetes.
Apparently, the star was filming a TV show when she fell into a diabetic coma. Halle declared that she would learn how to live with her illness as soon as possible, and she’s kept it up ever since. Halle says that she’s learned to accept that it’s a part of life and not something she’s going to let hold her back.
Bono wears dark glasses as he’s been diagnosed with glaucoma
Many rock stars all have their own trademark look. Slash has his top hat. Freddie Mercury had his microphone on a pole. Bono? He’s always been seen wearing dark sunglasses. It doesn’t matter if he’s sunning it up on a beach or performing on stage – Bono is never without his now-famous glasses. It turns out there is a good reason: Bono has glaucoma.
This is a type of eye condition that can make someone incredibly sensitive to light. The star opened up about his condition to British talk show host Graham Norton as Bono explained he’s been living behind sunglasses for 20 years. However, he wanted to reassure his fans that he has “good treatments,” and he’s “going to be fine.”
Mariah Carey lived with bipolar disorder for years before revealing it to the world
When it comes to famous pop stars, Mariah Carey has built such an impressive career for herself that she will always be one of the most famous names in the business. That star is famous for keeping many aspects of her personal life a secret – just like her real birthday – but she was ready to open up about her diagnosis in 2018.
Mariah appeared on People magazine’s cover as she confessed she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder back in 2001. Apparently, Mariah didn’t want to tell the world about her health condition because it made it feel real, but she’s learned how to use music and songwriting as a way to distract herself. Now, Mariah uses her career and treatment to keep her condition under control.
Lil Wayne has lived with epilepsy ever since he was a child
It can be easy to think Lil Wayne is living the high life. While his success means the rapper can enjoy some of the finer things in life, it appears that he’s also living with a health condition. It turns out Lil Wayne was first diagnosed with epilepsy when he was a child and has lived with the condition ever since. That’s not all.
Lil Wayne has admitted to having several seizures over the years, including one in 2016 that meant his private jet had to make an emergency landing. Thankfully, Lil Wayne has learned how to recognize his seizures and knows that one of his biggest triggers is stress. According to the rapper’s interview with MTV, “That’s typical me.”
Tom Hanks revealed he had Type 2 diabetes in 2013
Some celebrities have lived with their health conditions since childhood. Others get their diagnosis later in life. Tom Hanks is one of the latter. The actor has appeared in some of the most successful and famous movies of all time, but Tom believes he is to blame for his Type II diabetes. In fact, he told Today that he is “part of the lazy American generation.”
The condition has been linked to people’s lifestyles and can usually be controlled through diet and exercise. However, Tom says that he kept “dancing through the party” until he learned about his condition. Thankfully, it seems the star has turned his life around and made major lifestyle changes to keep his diabetes under control.
Morgan Freeman says his fibromyalgia won’t hold him back in life
Even a condition such as fibromyalgia hasn’t been enough to hold Morgan Freeman back over the years. There are plenty of reasons that he’s one of the most beloved names in Hollywood, and the actor is determined that he won’t let his condition get in the way of his work or hobbies. Morgan says that his fibromyalgia has stopped him from riding horses and sailing, but he’s found new passions.
In 2012, the actor told Esquire that he’d moved on “to other things” and “other conceptions of myself.” Morgan can still act and play golf and admits he is “pretty happy just walking the land.” The star believes that there is a point to every change. Without his condition, he wouldn’t have found new hobbies.
David Beckham would often have to use an inhaler for his asthma
Who would have thought that one of the biggest names in soccer actually battled asthma? There is keeping a secret, and then there’s David Beckham. For many years, no one had a clue, but he later confessed that he was first diagnosed with asthma when he was just a child. The world only learned the truth in 2009 when David was snapped using an inhaler during one of his matches.
The soccer player decided to open up about the condition, stating he never felt the need to discuss it before. David told The Telegraph that even though he has “good days and bad days,” he wants to turn it “into a positive” as he shows the world he can have asthma and play soccer.
Sia admitted to her fans that she was diagnosed with Graves’ disease in 2010
Let’s face it; there is plenty we don’t know about Sia. The singer only revealed her face in the last few years after years of hiding behind giant hairdos. Perhaps it’s no surprise that the world didn’t know about her Graves’ disease diagnosis? This is an immune system disorder where the body attacks the thyroid.
Various symptoms can be linked to the health condition, but each person reacts differently and therefore needs different treatments. In 2012, Sia took to social media to announce, “i have graves disease!” Her update stated she felt nervous and often had shaking hands. Sia even hinted that her mental health had taken a toll. However, the singer was determined to beat the problem now she knew the cause.
Julianne Hough initially wanted to hide her endometriosis from the world
Fans of the reality competition show ‘Dancing With The Stars’ might recognize Julianne Hough, thanks to her many appearances on the show. She is a talented dancer who has learned how to use her time in the limelight to shed light on her hidden health condition. For ten years, Julianne kept her endometriosis diagnosis away from the public.
Julianne later stated that she felt it was a personal part of her life that she didn’t want to reveal. Thankfully, the dancer has learned how to open up to her fans. She told E! that she wanted to talk about endometriosis to “help other women” also living with the condition. Julianne says she never wants anyone else to go through the condition on their own.
Michael Phelps was diagnosed with ADHD at a young age
Being the most decorated Olympic swimmer of all time means many people have been in awe of Micahel Phelps over the years. While many people know that Micahel has set incredible records and earned his place in the hall of fame, not everyone knows that the swimmer has lived with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) his entire life.
Michael has spoken about his diagnosis in recent years, admitting that he struggled to focus while in school. That was until he got some help from a good doctor and learned how to channel his energy into swimming. He told People that he learned it was “okay” to “seek help” from professionals, and he’s now “able to live life to its fullest.”
Kim Kardashian learned about her psoriasis on her reality TV show
The reality show ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ has allowed many fans to learn all about one of the biggest reality TV families of all time. However, no one knew just how much they would see of the family. Kim Kardashian first learned that she has psoriasis in 2011 while on the show.
The skin condition is known to cause red patches and can be painful and itchy at times. That hasn’t stopped Kim from living life to the fullest. The reality star told Self that she’s “learned to live with” psoriasis and has found ways to cope with the health condition. Apparently, Kim now uses a variety of light treatments to cope with any symptoms that come with psoriasis.
Pete Davidson first opened up about his Crohn’s disease in 2016
It can be easy to think that not much affects comedians as they always seem to know how to put a fun spin on life. That doesn’t mean that’s always the case. Pete Davidson shot to fame after landing a role on the variety show ‘Saturday Night Live.’ However, things weren’t always easy for the star, as Pete told High Times that he’s been living with Crohn’s disease since he was 17 or 18 years old.
The comedian added that he’s seen plenty of doctors and tried all kinds of treatments, but his “stomach would be in pain all day,” and it wasn’t often so bad he “wouldn’t be able to eat.” That was until Pete opted for alternative medicine, something that’s changed his life.
Halsey wants people with endometriosis to know they’re not alone
Halsey has earned a reputation for being open and candid with her fans – and those who have tried to bring the singer down throughout her career. Now, there’s another reason that Halsey is one of the people we need in this world: the singer wants every woman with endometriosis that they’re not alone. A few years ago, Halsey opened up about her diagnosis on social media.
It appears the singer often felt she was “crazy” and that she merely struggled to cope with typical pains. Thankfully, she has since learned about her health condition and sought treatment to get the symptoms under control. Although Halsey said it was “terrifying to find out,” she wants everyone to know “you’re not alone.”
Selena Gomez opened up about her battle with lupus in 2015
Several of our favorite celebrities have used their fame to highlight various health conditions. Selena Gomez is no exception. The singer and actress first revealed that she has lupus back in 2015. The inflammatory disease has different effects on everyone, but it means the immune system will attack its own tissues.
For Selena, this had huge effects on her kidneys, so much so she needed a transplant. Selena finally got the op in 2017 and has been committed to raising awareness about lupus ever since. In 2017, Selena appeared at the Lupus Research Alliance’s Breaking Through Gala, where she gave a speech. The star admitted she wants to “see the day” that all young women can “realize their dreams of a life without lupus.”
Missy Elliott has been secretly battling Graves’ disease since 2008
Missy Elliot is one of the many stars who have had to find their own way to deal with a health condition. She is one of the few who suffers from Graves’ disease – a condition that sees the body attack the thyroid. It turns out the health condition can also affect someone’s motor skills and can come with mood swings, an elevated heart rate, and dizzy spells.
Missy Elliot followed her doctor’s orders and initially got her Graves’ disease under control through medication and radiation. To start, the rapper wanted to keep her diagnosis a secret. However, she later told People that she now manages her Graves’ disease through diet and exercise. Missy even added it’s why she’s recently been out of the limelight.
Michael J. Fox has used his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis to help others
Michael J. Fox is one of the few stars who have always been open about their diagnosis. The actor was just 29 years old when he learned he had Parkinson’s disease in 1991. The health condition is known to cause balance problems, slowed movement, tremors, and a host of other side effects. Rather than let it hold him back, Michael pledged to become the leading face of the condition.
He even created the Michael J. Fox Foundation in 2000. At the time, research was pretty stalled. Now, it looks as though Michael’s work and the many donations mean they may know how to stop the progress of Parkinson’s as early as 2023. Several people have praised Michael for the millions of dollars he raised.
Wendy Williams took a break from her show to deal with her Graves’ disease
It turns out that Graves’ disease can often be misdiagnosed as something else due to the varied symptoms and extensive tests that can be needed to reach a conclusion. More stars opening up about their diagnosis is only a good thing as people become more aware of the health condition as various research centers receive more donations as a result.
Wendy Williams is one of the many people who have admitted to the world they have Graves’ disease. The talk show host used her show to tell fans that her doctors wanted her to take a three-week hiatus to focus on her health. Although it was emotional to watch Wendy open up about her health condition, she has helped millions of people learn about the illness.
Selma Blair publicly showed the word she has multiple sclerosis
It looked like the world had seen the last of Selma Blair when she stopped acting and appeared to have disappeared from social media. Little did many of us know that there was a good reason: Selma learned she had multiple sclerosis (MS.) The condition can have several effects on our body, such as mobility and vision issues.
Thankfully, in October 2018, Selma showed the world that she was about to come back stronger than ever. The star took to social media where she confessed he has foggy memory, she drops things, she falls, and her left side “us asking directions from a broken gps.” Still, she is determined to laugh and do her best – and prove you can rock the red carpet with a cane.
Pink trains hard to ensure her asthma doesn’t hold her back
Being a singer can be hard enough before adding in the dance routines and keeping up the energy at every live performance. So what about when you have to do all of that and battle asthma? It might sound impossible, but Pink is living proof that it can be done. In 2009, Pink told her personal story to Women’s Health.
She said that she’s been living with the condition for many years, but now she knows to factor her asthma into her workouts. Pink confessed that she needs to be able to run up stairs and sing at the same time. The result? She runs on the treadmill while “singing to get my lungs right.” It certainly doesn’t seem to have held Pink back.