31 Celebrities Who Suffer from a Disease

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It is never a good day when you are diagnosed with a disease, especially when it will continue to affect you for the rest of your life. You might feel like you are all alone and ask questions like, “Why me?” But the reality is, you aren’t alone, as even celebrities find themselves diagnosed with diseases.

From Lupus to Lyme Disease, celebrities aren’t exempt. Read on to discover 31 celebrities who suffer from a disease so you can know you aren’t alone in your diagnosis.

1. Nick Jonas

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First on our list of celebrities who suffer from a disease is the famous Nick Jonas, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He was diagnosed when he was 13, meaning he has had diabetes the entire time he has been famous. Nick is proud of all he has accomplished and hopes he can inspire other children diagnosed with the disease.

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2. Catherine Zeta-Jones

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You might be surprised to discover that award-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones suffers from Bipolar Disorder. She specifically suffers from Bipolar II, which is characterized by more extended periods of depression than Bipolar I.

3. Selena Gomez

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Although she may look beautiful in every picture ever taken, there was a time when Selena Gomez was reeling from her Lupus diagnosis. Lupus causes the body to attack itself and can cause serious, even life-ending issues. Selena is okay for now, thanks to a kidney transplant that saved her life in 2017. She may have additional problems in the future, however.

4. Michael J. Fox

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Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s’ Disease, which causes the nerve cells in the body to break down. The loss of these nerve cells can affect muscle function and cause the tremors the disease is known for. Parkinson’s Disease also causes brain damage, which will eventually kill anyone unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with it.

5. Yolanda Hadid

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Yolanda Hadid was diagnosed with Lyme Disease, which can cause severe body damage, especially if left untreated. She’s currently undergoing treatment for her Lyme disease, but the actress confesses that she’s had many bad days where she could not leave bed, all because of a tick bite.

6. Avril Lavigne

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Yolanda isn’t the only star to suffer Lyme Disease, as Avril Lavigne has also been diagnosed with it. She claims that Lyme Disease is the main reason she disappeared from the spotlight, as she found her bad days far outweigh her good ones—so much so she can no longer live in the spotlight.

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7. Bella Hadid

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Lyme disease is highly prevalent, and it can affect anyone. If you aren’t convinced yet, Bella Hadid is the next of our celebrities who suffer from a disease, and she also has Lyme Disease—so if you are ever in an area with ticks, wear your bug spray!

8. Dan Reynolds

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Imagine Dragons are one of the most popular bands in America, but many don’t know that the lead singer, Dan Reynolds, suffers from Ankylosing Spondylitis. AS is an autoimmune disease where the body destroys healthy joints. As a result, Dan has spent many days bedridden due to back pain but now controls the condition with yoga and a healthy diet.

9. Sarah Hyland

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Most well-known for her role on the sitcom Modern Family, Sarah was born with a life-changing condition known as Kidney Dysplasia. Individuals with KD are born with abnormal kidneys, and they continue to develop incorrectly. The star has undergone two kidney transplants to keep her alive and will likely need more.

10. Lady Gaga

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Next on our list of celebrities who suffer from a disease is Lady Gaga, who was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, which causes chronic pain. Despite her diagnosis, Lady Gaga remains strong, producing music and sharing her unique voice with the world.  

11. Lil Wayne

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Even rapper Lil Wayne is among the celebrities who suffer from a disease. In 2013, the rapper was diagnosed with Epilepsy. He confesses that he suffered many seizures before his diagnosis but worked to keep the public from finding out about them until after his diagnosis.

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12. Kim Kardashian

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Kim Kardashian suffers from an autoimmune disease, Psoriasis, which affects the growth rate of skin cells. The skin cells overproduce, leading to large scaly red patches on the skin. She uses light therapy to control the symptoms, although she confesses that she always has a spot or two on her skin.

13. Gigi Hadid

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Gigi Hadid was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease in 2017. Hashimoto’s is a thyroid disease that can lead to rapid weight gain or loss, which has affected Hadid’s ability to model over the years.

14. Shania Twain

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You might be surprised to see Shania Twain on our list of celebrities who suffer from a disease, but she, too, has Lyme Disease. She was diagnosed in 2017 and, at the time, was afraid she would never sing again. But now she feels more positive about her diagnosis and can go about her everyday life.

Related: The Best 15 Shania Twain Songs

15. Halle Berry

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Halle Berry was diagnosed with diabetes when she was just 19 years old. She has since learned how to control her disease, though she hates the diets she must stick to in order to stay healthy!

16. Nick Cannon

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Although Lupus is more common in women, it can also affect men. Nick Cannon is one of those men, as he was diagnosed with the disease in the 2010s. He doesn’t let it get him down, though, and regularly exercises and eats healthy to keep his disease under control.

17. Morgan Freeman

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Morgan Freeman may seem ageless, but even he is among the celebrities who suffer from a disease. Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Freeman states he has to be careful how much activity he does in a day. Otherwise, he will find himself in a lot of pain later.

18. P!nk

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You might not be able to tell as you listen to her songs, but famed singer P!nk suffers from Asthma. While she confesses it hasn’t stopped her from singing, she says it sometimes makes it difficult to record music videos!

19. Tom Hanks

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The award-winning actor recently received a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes, and he confesses that he was warned about his high blood sugar before the diagnosis. He regrets that he didn’t listen to doctors sooner.

20. Mariah Carey

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Mariah Carey used to have crazy mood swings she couldn’t understand until she received her Bipolar diagnosis. At first, she tried to hide her disease from the public eye, but then she realized it was too much stress and has been open about her Bipolar since 2018.

21. Demi Lovato

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Mariah Carey isn’t the only Bipolar celebrity, as Demi Lovato was also diagnosed with the disease when she was 22. She has been very open about her diagnosis and hopes that her mental health advocacy can help save others from the mental issues she’s suffered.

22. Bret Michaels

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Popular 80s singer Bret Michaels also makes our list of celebrities who suffer from a disease because of his Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis. Although he was diagnosed when he was six, learning to live with the disease was a journey, especially in his later years as he would embark on tours.

23. Seal

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Seal, the singer of “Kiss From a Rose,” is another man diagnosed with Lupus. While he hasn’t had any major complications from the disease yet, the scars on his face are a result of his past symptoms of the illness.

24. Bruce Willis

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Fans were devastated to discover that Bruce Willis was diagnosed with Dementia. Unfortunately, the actor began to suffer memory lapses and difficulty performing long before his diagnosis, which doctors fear is terminal.

25. George Clooney

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The heartthrob may look better than other men his age on screen, but George Clooney is one of many celebrities who suffer from a disease, as he has been diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy. Bell’s Palsy is a disease that affects facial nerves, and it can lead to facial paralysis and drooping.

26. Tyler James Williams

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Tyler James Williams was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, which affects digestion and the body’s ability to process foods. It’s a difficult diagnosis to receive, making it even more impressive that Williams has been able to keep up with his career and even win a Golden Globe.

27. Ashton Kutcher

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You probably didn’t know it, but Ashton Kutcher has an autoimmune disease. He suffers from Vasculitis, a condition where the body attacks healthy blood vessels. Kutcher’s diagnosis came after a severe health scare, during which he admits he almost died.

28. Missy Elliott

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Fans everywhere began to question Missy Elliott’s rapid weight gain and loss. Well, turns out that she suffers from Grave’s Disease, a thyroid disease that can cause rapid weight gain and loss. Missy took a break from music for a while, but she is back now that her disease is somewhat under control.

29. Billie Eilish

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You wouldn’t know it if you’ve seen her perform, but Billie Eilish suffers from Tourette Syndrome, making her one of our many celebrities who suffer from a disease. She came out about her condition in 2022 after concertgoers reported noticing her performance movements were slightly off.

Related: Billie Eilish’s Net Worth

30. Lance Bass

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Once a part of the boy group NSYNC, Lance Bass has found his life radically changed due to a Psoriatic Arthritis diagnosis. A more severe form of the autoimmune disease Psoriasis, PA affects the skin and joints, often leaving victims crippled. Lance has thrown himself into spreading awareness of the disease because the joint damage can be stopped if treated quickly.

31. Jada Pinkett Smith

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Last on our list of celebrities who suffer from a disease is Jada Pinkett Smith, who was diagnosed with Alopecia. Alopecia can cause hair loss, which is either temporary or permanent, often in large patches. Smith is one of the few women with the condition, as it is more common in men, and has chosen to shave her head to cover the symptoms.

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Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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