Saturday 27 May 2017

Ashley Olsen has been ‘living with incurable Lyme disease for several years’ says friend

Ashley Olsen
Ashley Olsen
Fashion designer Ashley Olsen arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in Upper Manhattan, New York May 5, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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A source close to Ashley Olsen says that the pint-sized star has been suffering in silence for years.

America’s OK! magazine is reporting that the former child star is battling the debilitating bacterial illness which causes pain in the skin and the joints as well as heart problems.

An insider told the outlet that the disease is the reason why the fashion designer (28) has retired from the spotlight since 2012.

On Monday night, Olsen made a rare public appearance with her twin sister Mary-Kate at the annual Met Ball.

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen attend the
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen attend the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City.

Onlookers were quick to notice her pale skin and frail appearance.

According to the source, the former child star has been suffering in silence with Lyme disease, after she was bit by a parasite several years ago.

Mary-Kate Olsen, left, and Ashley Olsen, right
Mary-Kate Olsen, left, and Ashley Olsen, right

'She's really sick. It's gotten worse. She was diagnosed in the very late stages so early detection measures weren't options for her. She's really going through it,” the insider divulged.

''When she does come to work, she looks haggard and dishevelled. And she's often moody. Ashley's having a very rough time right now.''

Designers Ashley Olsen (L) and Mary-Kate Olsen attend the 2014 CFDA fashion awards
Designers Ashley Olsen (L) and Mary-Kate Olsen attend the 2014 CFDA fashion awards

Pop singer Avril Lavigne and reality star Yolanda Foster have also opened up about their battle with Lyme disease.

“I felt like I couldn't breathe, I couldn't talk and I couldn't move. I thought I was dying ... I had no idea a bug bite could do this. I was bedridden for five months,” Avril said of the illness.

If untreated, Lyme disease can cause paralysis of the face, join paints, heart palpitations and severe headaches.

For Yolanda,  mother of top model Gigi Hadid, the infection also caused neurological impairment, loss of words and short-term memory, eyesight problems and a chronic cough.

Representatives for The Row designer have not yet commented on the revelation.

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