Hailey took to Twitter yesterday (January 8), after the Biebs revealed his battle with the disease, and criticized people for "trying to downplay the severity of Lyme disease."
"Please do your research and listen to the stories of people who have suffered with it for years," she wrote. "Making fun of and belittling a disease you don't understand is never the way, all it takes is educating yourself."
She went on to thank Bella and Gigi Hadid and their mom Yolanda for sharing information with her; Bella and Yolanda both have the disease.
Hailey also thanked Avril Lavigne for her continuing effort to educate the public about Lyme disease. She revealed that she was diagnosed back in 2014.
For those who are trying to downplay the severity of Lyme disease. Please do your research and listen to the stories of people who have suffered with it for years. Making fun of and belittling a disease you don't understand is never the way, all it takes is educating yourself.— Hailey Bieber (@haileybieber) January 8, 2020
I wanna say a huge thank you to @YolandaHadid and @bellahadid and @GiGiHadid for bringing me so much clarity and information on Lyme disease and for helping answer my questions about course of action, symptoms etc. Love you 3 amazing women!— Hailey Bieber (@haileybieber) January 8, 2020
and sending so much love to @AvrilLavigne thank you for all you do to educate people about Lyme. You're amazing 💕— Hailey Bieber (@haileybieber) January 8, 2020
Lavigne has already reached out to share support for Bieber since he revealed his own diagnosis. See her message below.
Today @JustinBieber shared that he has Lyme disease. There are too many people that have this debilitating disease! People I love and care about and many friends and fans I have crossed paths with. To everyone affected by Lyme, I want to tell you that there is HOPE. Because Lyme is a daily struggle, for the better part of two years, I was really sick and fighting for my life. Writing #HeadAboveWater helped me get through the worst of it, but the bad days still come and go. At the time, putting together my album saved my life. I needed to tell my story and to be able to share my experiences with others. Lyme disease is in all 50 states in the US and in EVERY country in the world, except Antarctica. It is a global pandemic but NOT a global priority. I never want others to suffer the way that I did, and because of that it is now my mission to raise awareness & funds that will help eradicate this life-altering disease. Portions of proceeds from every show on the rest of the #HeadAboveWater tour and merch sales will continue to go directly to Lyme disease. I will continue to fight and to support! @TheAvrilLavigneFoundation supports people with Lyme Disease, serious illness or disabilities. We raise awareness and aid PREVENTION of the Lyme epidemic. We impact the lives of individuals and families affected by Lyme Disease through TREATMENT grants administered by our charitable partners; and we've aligned with @globallymealliance to accelerate scientific research. Please, JOIN US as we endeavor to educate people, prevent the spread of Lyme and find a cure. Our initiatives enable us to provide HOPE and expand the number of lives we're able to transform. TOGETHER we can do this. #FightLyme #LymeIsReal #TheAvrilLavigneFoundation