It’s difficult living with Lyme disease, but many of us find comfort in the stories of others, including some of our favorite celebrities who have a Lyme journey of their own.
Here are 14 known celebrities and celebrity couples who have battled or are currently battling Lyme Disease:
Celebrities Who’ve Talked About Battling Lyme Disease
1) Kelly Dodd and Rick Leventhal:
In June 2021, the Real Housewives of Orange County star revealed the couple’s diagnosis on her Instagram Story. “So, we tested positive for Lyme disease,” Dodd said while filming Leventhal sitting across the table from her. She went on to say that this is her first bout with the disease. “I’ve never had contact with a tick in my life,” she said.
2) Ryan Sutter:
After battling a “mystery” illness for months during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sutter announced in May 2021 that he had Lyme disease, worsened by mold exposure. Sutter explained that after going through a litany of testing and blood work over the last year, doctors determined that his body is susceptible to taking in mold toxins, which he is frequently exposed to as a firefighter.
3) Amy Schumer:
4) Ramona Singer:
5) Justin Bieber:
The superstar revealed in January 2020 that a July 2019 photo of him that sparked Internet speculation about his health (above) was taken at the height of his battle with Lyme.
6) Avril Lavigne:
In her 2015 PEOPLE cover story, the singer revealed she had been battling Lyme disease for a year. “I had no idea a bug bite could do this,” said Lavigne, who believes she was bit by a tick in 2014. “I was bedridden for five months.”
7) Shania Twain:
As a legend in the country music world, Twain kept vocal struggles under the radar so as to not worry her fans. Her singing voice – which she’s had to regain and retune from the damaging effects of dysphonia, the result of Lyme disease – is improving. “I was very scared for a little while that I wouldn’t sing again, ever,” she told PEOPLE. “I went through that moment, but I found a way. I found a way to do it.”
8) Debbie Gibson:
While Gibson finally achieved her dream of competing on season 25 of Dancing with the Stars, the singer admitted her Lyme Disease made the experience a challenging one. “I can’t be cavalier with my body,” she told PEOPLE. “I can’t just push myself without thinking what happens next. [Lyme Disease] can affect my stamina.”
9) Alec Baldwin:
Baldwin took the stage as Master of Ceremonies at the Bay Area Lyme Foundation’s 2017 gala, LymeAid, where he got candid about his struggle with the illness. “I really thought this is it, I’m not going to live,” he said of his condition. “I was alone, I wasn’t married at the time, I was divorced from my first wife. I was lying in bed saying, ‘I’m going to die of Lyme disease,’ in my bed and ‘I hope someone finds me and I’m not here for too long.’ ”
10) Yolanda Hadid:
The former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star has spoken out about her diagnosis onstage, on social media, and in her 2017 book, Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease.
11) Anwar and Bella Hadid:
Yolanda Hadid’s kids; models Anwar and Bella, also suffer from the “invisible illness.” In her speech at the 2016 Global Lyme Alliance, Bella explained how her passion for horseback riding – and many aspects of her life – have been hindered because of her Lyme battle.
12) Ben Stiller:
The actor was first diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2010 – he suspects he contracted the illness on a trip to Nantucket, Massachusetts. “I’m symptom-free now,” Stiller told The Hollywood Reporter in 2011, “but Lyme doesn’t ever leave your system. It’s a really tough thing.”
13) Kelly Osbourne:
In 2004, the star attended dad Ozzy’s surprise 56th birthday party, which featured a reindeer sanctuary in the family’s backyard. During the event, Kelly was bitten by a tick, which would go on to suffer from an array of symptoms, including a sore throat and stomach pains. “I’ve learned to advocate for myself when it comes to my health, and I trust my intuition,” she wrote in her new memoir, There Is No F*cking Secret: Letters From a Badass Bitch. “If I think something is wrong, I refuse to let anyone dismiss it. And sadly, I stay the f— away from reindeer.”
14) Ally Hilfiger:
“I was convinced that bugs were crawling in my body. I could feel them eating at my organs, my stomach and especially my brain,” Hilfiger wrote in her new book, Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made Me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me, speaking of first being diagnosed with Lyme disease after being bitten by a tick in 1992 at 7 years old.