From Lupus To Epilepsy: Celebrities With Health Problems Few People Know About

August 5, 2015  |  
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Nick Cannon’s recent hospitalization reminded us all that the happy-go-lucky America’s Got Talent host is battling a serious illness. And he’s not alone. These stars have health problems that they’ve been struggling with but also been very quiet about.


It wasn’t until a 2009 interview with Tavis Smiley that Prince shared the real reason for his big personality, which we often see onstage: epilepsy. The seizures he had as a child made the other kids tease him, so he coped by developing the eccentric character that we all know and love.

Toni Braxton

Toni Braxton has battled with Lupus for years, but she revealed that battle in 2010 at the 8th Annual Lupus LA Bag Ladies Luncheon. Braxton shared her story to support others dealing with lupus. “Today, I’m going to talk about it because I’m a survivor and I’m here, and I don’t want to lose hope. Take a look — this is what lupus looks like.”

Venus Williams

Did you know that Venus Williams suffers from Sjögren’s syndrome? What is it? The syndrome is an immune system disorder. She was diagnosed in 2011, shortly before she withdrew from that year’s U.S. Open. Luckily, Williams has been able to minimize her symptoms with a raw vegan diet and get back to playing tennis.

August Alsina

August Alsina surprised us all with this recent Instagram post where he revealed a disease he’s dealing with: “So I have this eye disease.. Blind in my left, and losing vision in my right,” he wrote. Thankfully, the scary-looking procedure he’s undergoing in the picture above is helping to save his eyesight.

Lil Wayne

When Weezy was hospitalized in 2012 for a seizure, fans assumed that the health scare had something to do with drugs (specifically an addiction to codeine). It wasn’t until nearly a year later that Wayne admitted he suffers from epilepsy and has had “a bunch of seizures.”

Nick Cannon

A diagnosis of the chronic disease lupus nephritis (also referred to as lupus kidney disease) has been a burden for Cannon. He was recently hospitalized for problems with his kidneys and blood clots in his lungs.


We were all wondering what happened to singer Tamia when she dropped out of the spotlight shortly after her hit “Stranger in My House.” Later, she revealed that her absence was due to a multiple sclerosis diagnosis. But despite temporarily losing her ability to write, Tamia said she’s been doing “really good.”

Missy Elliott

When Missy Elliott revealed her impressive weight loss a few years ago, people were excited to see her in such great health. But the things would soon change. In 2008, she revealed that she had been diagnosed with Graves disease. It’s an autoimmune disorder that impacts the thyroid.

Michael C. Hall

Did you know that former Dexter star Michael C. Hall underwent treatment for cancer in 2010 while he was filming the hit show? Hall released this statement about it at the time: “I feel fortunate to have been diagnosed with an imminently treatable and curable condition, and I thank my doctors and nurses for their expertise and care.” Hall is now cancer-free.

George Clooney

George Clooney suffers from chronic pain due to an accident he had while filming the 2005 movie Syriana. And although he has said that medication makes it bearable, the pain is ever present.

Sarah Hyland

Modern Family star Sarah Hyland looks like the picture of health, but she’s battled kidney dysplasia her entire life. In 2012, she received a kidney transplant from her father, actor Edward James Hyland.


No one ever would have guessed that Pink suffers from a severe case of asthma. She was born with a collapsed lung and has struggled with serious respiratory problems since she was 2. Even though she was hospitalized in 2006 for her condition, learning to sing from her abdomen rather than her lungs has helped her soldier on.

Christy Turlington

Supermodel Christy Turlington discovered the consequences of years of heavy smoking when she was diagnosed with the lung disease emphysema. Although Turlington has quit smoking, the lung damage caused by the disease is irreversible.

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey battles with depression, but the comedian does not take medication for it anymore. He recently confessed “I was on Prozac for a long time. It may have helped me out of a jam for a little bit, but people stay on it forever. I had to get off at a certain point because I realized that, you know, everything’s just OK.”

Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson has been free from symptoms for so long that it’s easy to forget that he has HIV. Johnson was diagnosed with the disease in 1991.


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