Sam Bailey reveals she’s suffering with Bell’s palsy on Twitter

Sam Bailey has spoken out about being diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, saying she’s ‘feeling brave’, after taking to Twitter to reveal the news last week.

The mother of three, who gave birth to daughter Miley on 10th September, told her 367,000 Twitter followers on 25th October that she was ‘feeling very sorry for herself’ while dealing with the condition.

What is Bell’s palsy?

Bell’s palsy, which causes temporary weakness or paralysis of the muscles in one side of the face, is thought to occur when the nerve that controls the muscles in your face becomes compressed.

A rare condition affecting one in 5,000 people a year, around seven out of 10 people with Bell’s palsy make a complete recovery.

After originally wondering if her symptoms were related to an ear infection, she broke the news after joking that she wouldn’t be needing a Halloween costume this year:



Sam is no stranger to Twitter and can often be seen sharing lots of sweet snaps of her family, so it’s no surprise that she chose to share her diagnosis with her fans. On 1st November the 2013 X Factor winner revealed she was feeling much better, sharing a seflie with her followers:

Making an appearance on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, Sam joked light-heartedly. ‘I went out trick-or-treating for Halloween, I didn’t have to wear a mask cause obviously my face is a bit frightening.’ She later tweeted:


We’re glad to see the star is feeling back to her positive upbeat self! Get well soon Sam x

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