7 Celebrities With a Chronic Illness

7 celebrities who live with chronic illnesses


Having a chronic illness like fibromyalgia or diabetes is no fun. You have to manage your medications, work around flare-ups, and make sure you have a support network. Being a wealthy celebrity makes doing this a million times easier, of course. What we wouldn’t give to have these resources to treat our illnesses.

This short video provides a list of 7 celebrities who have a chronic illness.

1. Lady Gaga: Fibromyalgia

We’ve covered Lady Gaga’s Fibromyalgia pretty extensively over the last year. She is, by an order of magnitude, the most famous person with fibromyalgia. Ever since she had to cancel a show in Rio after being hospitalized for her fibro, she’s put awarness of the disease front and center.

2. Selena Gomez: Lupus

The singer/actor was diagnosed with lupus in 2015, but as she told Savannah Guthrie this past fall, it wasn’t until her she became so sick that she nearly died that she started taking it seriously. She underwent a kidney transplant in September. The kidney was donated by Secret Life of the American Teenager star Francia Raisa.

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I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith

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3. Lena Dunham: Endometriosis

The Girls star had to be rushed to the hospital from the Met Gala in April due to complications from endometriosis. She underwent her fifth total surgery, and says that between that and hormone therapy she is endometriosis-free, for now. As a chronic condition it can always come back, of course.

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Thank you for all the love & concern that's been pouring in since Tuesday. Although I'm much healthier than I was a year ago, complications arose from my most recent endometriosis surgery. When the healthcare of so many American women, especially our trans sisters, is at-risk- or already nonexistent- I am lucky to be in the position to seek help when I'm in pain. To those in that privileged spot- never forget that we are blessed and can pay it forward by supporting Planned Parenthood and LGBTQ clinics like Callen-Lorde with our 💰 and ⌚️. I also want to remind all the women suffering from chronic illness that we aren't weak- quite the opposite, actually. We do our jobs with skill even when we're struggling. We care for our families even when we can hardly care for ourselves. We serve major face on a red carpet when we feel like lying face down would be more appropriate. I'll always be proud of those Met Gala pics- not just because I felt beautiful, surrounded by art and magic, hugging my best friend tightly, but because they're evidence that women contain steely multitudes. Just that morning @dianafalzone sued Fox after they took her off air for disclosing her endometriosis. But they're the ones who lost when they lost her, because everyone who's anyone knows that if you can battle chronic illness there's nothing you can't take on.

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4. Bella Hadid: Lyme Disease

3 members of the Hadid family – Mom and Real Housewivers of Beverly Hills star Yolanda, model Anwar, and model Bella Hadid – have chronic Lyme Disease. The tick-borne disease can be treated with antibiotics if caught early, but once it becomes chronic the symptoms include fatigue, neck pain, trouble sleeping, and muscle aches. Bella Hadid undergoes daily IV treatments for her Lyme Disease.

5. Amy Brenneman: Ulcerative Colitis

The star of Judging Amy has dealt with ulcerative colitis for years and is a spokeswoman for the Chron’s & Colitis Foundation.

6. Zoe Saldana: Hashimoto’s Disease

The Guardians of the Galaxy star disclosed she has Hashimoto’s Disease, an autoimmune disorder that attacks the thyroid in 2016. Symptoms of Hashimoto’s include:

  • Hot flashes, sweating
  • Trembling
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Nervousness, hyperactivity
  • Emotional instability and irritability or fatigue
  • Insomnia and restlessness
  • Potency problems
  • Racing heart

7. Jesse J: Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome

I’ll be completely honest, I had to look up both Jesse J. (she’s a pop star from the UK) and Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome (it’s when an extra electrical pathway between your heart’s upper and lower chambers causes a rapid heartbeat). People with this condition are born with it and it is pretty rare. The singer inherited the condition from her dad and underwent multiple surgeries, and now manages her condition with exercise.

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5am gym 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻

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So have left any celebrities or chronic illnesses off of our list? Let us know in the comments.