We all imagine life as a celebrity pretty perfect – but there are also things you can not buy from any money in the world. For example, his health. Because just like us “normal mortals”, there are many sufferers of rare, chronic and serious diseases in the world of the stars.
Many diseases are not immediately apparent externally. So we see the greatest actors, musicians and entertainers on the Red Carpets of the World beaming and would never suspect that some of these Hollywood starlets are having a hard time behind closed doors.
For example, did you know that Jimmy Kimmel, the presenter of a late-night talk show, is affected by a sleep disorder? Or that rapper Lil Wayne had to cancel concerts or full tours because of epileptic seizures? Or that actress Sarah Hyland already has two kidney transplants behind her?
We’ll tell you which stars also talk publicly about their serious illnesses. Keep reading to check them out.
The double “Sexiest Man Alive” suffers his entire life from prosopagnosia . The disease is also called “facial blindness ” and means that sufferers are unable to recognize people by their faces.
“So many people hate me because they think I have no respect for them,” the actor said in a 2013 interview with US magazine Esquire.
The singer spoke for the first time in her documentary ‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’ that she has fibromyalgia . “It makes me angry when people do not believe that fibromyalgia is a real disease, and for me, and for many others, it’s a cycle of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma and panic disorder a loss of control of the nervous system and too much pain. ”
The former professional footballer has an obsessive-compulsive disorder that causes an inner compulsion or urge to think or do certain things. Beckham says of himself, “Everything in my house must be in straight lines and stand straight, so if I put drinks in my fridge, it must be an even number, otherwise I’ll remove them.”
The singer is affected by the rare autoimmune disease lupus erythematosus . In 2013, Gomez was diagnosed with the disease and broke off her world tour in 2016 due to the resulting depression and panic attacks.
In September 2017 she received from her friend Francia Raisa a kidney donation.
Like Selena Gomez, singer Seal has also been living on lupus erythematosus since adolescence . The disease is also the reason for the scars on his face.
Moderator Nick Cannon is also suffering from lupus . After being hospitalized in 2012 for “mild kidney failure,” doctors diagnosed him with the autoimmune disease a few months later.
Actress and model Cara Delevingne lives with psoriasis , a non-infectious, inflammatory skin disease known as psoriasis. The disease is characterized by scaly, reddened skin and itching.
As the cause of the disease Delevingne calls the extreme stress she suffered while working as a model. This was also the reason for them to do less modeling and to focus more on acting.
Like Lady Gaga, Morgan Freeman is also suffering from fibromyalgia . “I have to work, to stay busy helps me to feel better,” explains the actor. “How much energy I have is a lot to do with food, so if I had a pill, I would take it instead of taking care of everything.” I consume a lot of vitamins and supplements in the morning. ”
Also tennis pro Venus William has fibromyalgia – a chronic autoimmune disease that lowers the energy level and leads to severe fatigue and persistent pain in the joints.
Another prominent sufferer of fibromyalgia is singer Cher.
The Duke of Cambridge is suffering from a rare skin disease known as Rosezea . “Copper rose”, as the disease is also called, causes pimples, redness and pustules on the facial skin.
Like Prince William, singer Mariah Carey also has Rosazea .
The actress lives with thrombocytopenia . This is the name given to a lack of platelets in the blood of those affected, which can lead to increased bleeding.
The ‘Harry Potter’ star has had a neurological disorder since childhood, known as dyspraxia or ‘clumsy child syndrome’. Radcliffe has gross and fine motor difficulties as a result of the illness, and often struggles to control his movements.
Actress Megan Fox says of herself that she has a mental illness – but she does not know who it is, nor has she ever received a diagnosis. “I have auditory hallucinations, paranoia, and social dysfunction,” explains the Transformers actress.
The actress said in an interview that her ex-husband Tommy Lee infected her with hepatitis C. The two used the same tattoo needle and Lee did not tell Anderson he had the infectious disease. Today, the two are divorced, but understand each other well.
His ex-wife, Helena Bonham Carter, publicly said for the first time that the film director was born with Asperger’s Syndrome, a rare form of autism.
Singer Susan Boyle also lives with the autism disorder Asperger’s Syndrome .
The actress lives with dyslexia , or a reading and spelling weakness. The disorder makes it difficult for her to translate spoken language into written and vice versa.
Also, ‘Magic Mike’ protagonist Channing Tatum has a reading and spelling disorder .
The frontman of the band Coldplay has no illness, but he often experiences tinnitus . The symptom causes the musician to perceive a humming or whistling in one or both ears that has no external sound source.
‘Modern Family’ star Sarah Hyland is suffering from a multicystic kidney dysplasia , a severe form of kidney dysplasia that manifests itself in large kidney cysts. That’s why Hyland had to undergo two kidney transplants, one from her father and one from her brother.
Her illness is what makes her special – and certainly also a reason for her success. Model Winnie Harlow was born with white spot disease , also called Vitiligio . As a result, it has white, pigment-free skin patches throughout the body.
You do not see it, but also ‘Mad Men’ actor Jon Hamm lives with the white spot disease . During a very stressful shooting phase, white spots suddenly appeared on the actor’s hands. “I have vitiligo, it’s stress-oriented,” says Hamm. “It comes and goes, sometimes more, sometimes less.”
Olympic athlete Michael Phelps is affected by Marfan syndrome , a genetic disorder that leads to increased elasticity or laxity of the connective tissue. As a result, sufferers are often above average and have extended limbs.
Late-night presenter Jimmy Kimmel suffers from narcolepsy – the disease that leads to excessive drowsiness and even “falling asleep”. He himself says that sleeping sickness has not affected him in his job so far, because he takes pills to alleviate the symptoms.
Mood swings, depression and manic episodes – all of these are symptoms of bipolar disorder , the mental illness afflicting singer Demi Lovato.
Like Demi, actor Mel Gibson also lives with bipolar disorder .
The actress is suffering from osteopenia – a condition in which bone density is reduced, often due to a lack of vitamin D and calcium.
The singer has been living with Lyme disease for years – or Lyme disease. The infectious disease is often transmitted to humans through a tick bite and attacks, among other things, the nervous system and the joints.
One of the most famous twin sisters in the world is also affected by Lyme disease .
Rapper Lil Wayne has been suffering from epilepsy for years and is experiencing spontaneous seizures and seizures, forcing him to cancel performances.
The singer lives with Graves’ disease , an autoimmune thyroid disease that leads to hyperthyroidism.
Also rapper Missy Elliott is suffering from Graves’ disease and thus a hyperthyroidism.
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The star of ‘Back to the Future’ first spoke in public about his Parkinson’s disease in 1998 , but was diagnosed as early as 1991. Since the year 2000, he has been severely limited by the neurological disorder, and has largely withdrawn from the acting business.
The former Two And A Half Men star went public with his HIV diagnosis in 2015. “I have a responsibility now to better myself and to help a lot of other people and hopefully with what we’re doing today others will come forward and say, ‘Thanks, Charlie,'” he said on Today.
The singer is affected by alopecia , ie progressive hair loss.
It all started when the actor sustained a serious injury on the set of 2005’s Syriana. While filming a scene in which his character was being tortured, Clooney fell off a chair and split open his head, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Turns out, the injury was even worse than that: Clooney later learned he’d torn his dura—the outer layer around his spinal cord—and fluid was leaking out. He eventually got surgery on Dec. 25, 2005, but he’s battled chronic pain ever since.
The former talk show host experienced Multiple Sclerosis symptoms for nearly two decades before being officially diagnosed, and launched his own foundation to raise money for MS research.
The Black Eyed Peas member and former The Voice judge openly discussed how he grew up with ADHD and how it’s affected his upbringing, but that he’s learned how to manage it and control it through music.
The rapper and producer didn’t tell anyone he was diagnosed with MS for 15 years, until he decided to take control of his life. He made dramatic changes to his diet and exercise so he could live a healthy life.
The singer revealed that he was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia at 19, a chronic stomach condition that affects his appetite, leaves him malnourished, and keeps him from gaining weight.
The English magician opened up about how he’s been battling arthritis after being hospitalized for a type of food poisoning. He also had half of his stomach removed when he was just 17 due to a complication from Crohn’s disease.
Not only does the rock singer have type 1 diabetes, but he has also been affected by brain hemorrhages that doctors believe are a result of his diabetes.
The actor has remained very optimistic and cheerful despite his multiple hospital visits throughout his teen years. Muniz’s many concussions as a child resulted in several mini-strokes and some memory loss growing up.
The U2 lead singer wears dark glasses due to a Glaucoma eye condition that makes his eyes super sensitive to light.
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The 72-year-old NBA star has to take daily meds for his blood disease. But since being diagnosed in 2009, he’s managed to reduce his leukemia to a microscopic level.
The singer, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 16, has been a leading voice in raising awareness for Type 1 diabetes with the charity organization Beyond Type 1.
Since being diagnosed with MS in 2012 at just 26, Osbourne has sought to raise awareness for the disease and show people you can still live a healthy, happy life.
The Black-ish star had to make some important lifestyle changes to keep his blood sugar under control since being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2001.
Baldwin’s battle with lyme disease stems from two separate tick bites a couple of years apart. The actor experiences flu-like symptoms and intense sweating.
The model also has been candid about her lyme disease. She said it was especially tough in her teens, when she was always fatigued, had a foggy brain, and couldn’t get out of bed for days.
The former NBA star announced he was HIV positive back in 1991. Since then, he’s worked as a sports analyst, businessman, and activist. Antiretroviral therapy has helped him lead a healthy, active life.
The SNL cast member first opened up about his battle with Crohn’s in 2016. Davidson experiences severe stomach pain due to the inflammatory bowel disorder.
The Girls star had to get her cervix and uterus surgically removed due to internal bleeding and complications from endometriosis.
The reality star has been very open about the autoimmune disorder that produces scaly, red patches on her skin. Her mother, Kris Jenner, also has psoriasis.
The actor has said his poor diet and lifestyle choices in his youth may have contributed to his 2013 diabetes diagnosis.
The Matrix and Lord of the Rings actor was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was 13, and has been open about dealing with the seizures that have occurred throughout his life.
The actress was diagnosed with MS in August 2018, after seeing a doctor for what she thought was a pinched nerve.
Talk show host Wendy Williams announced to her viewers in 2018 that she was ordered by her doctor to take a three-week hiatus from her daytime show to deal with her health issues, particularly Graves disease, an autoimmune disease that identifies the thyroid as foreign.
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The former Dancing With the Stars judge and current panelist on The Talk revealed that she was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an incurable immune disorder that can cause pain and fatigue. Just six years before that, she was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal that can cause pain and numbness.
The Imagine Dragons frontman experienced “debilitating” pain that forced him to cancel shows back in 2008. He was eventually diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a chronic inflammatory condition of the joints that causes extreme pain.
Rodriguez was 26 when she was diagnosed with the autoimmune condition that affects the thyroid gland and produces symptoms like fatigue, joint pain, memory issues, and weight gain.
Adenomyosis is a chronic illness that causes endometrial tissue to grow into the uterine wall and is linked to fertility issues, something Union has been very open about.
The Star Wars actress was 15 when she was diagnosed with endometriosis, a painful condition of the uterus that can result in severe acne and infertility. Symptoms can also be exacerbated by stress.
The former The View co-host was diagnosed with Celiac disease, a disorder in which the body cannot properly metabolize gluten. Symptoms range from digestive problems to extreme allergic reactions.
The actress has been open about her history of experiencing grand mal seizures, including several she went through while on a yacht outside of Cannes.