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Justin Bieber reveals battle with Lyme disease

MONTREAL : Canadian pop star Justin Bieber announced on Wednesday that he has Lyme disease.

In a post on Instagram, the 25-year-old said he will address his struggle with the illness, which is contracted through a tick bite, in a YouTube documentary.

"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," he wrote.

He called out critics whom he says have been unfairly commenting on his looks by saying he looks like he is "on meth".

"They failed to realise 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."

The photo portion of Bieber's post shows a TMZ article reporting that the YouTube documentary is set for a Jan 27 release.

He wrote: "You can learn all that I've been battling and overcoming."

He spent much of last year suffering but undiagnosed, TMZ reported, until doctors figured out what was wrong.

The post's photos include pictures said to be taken last September of Bieber appearing to be hooked up to an IV drip. - AFP

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