Jackson was actually diagnosed with CMT over ten years ago. But he kept his condition private until 2021, when the symptoms were starting to become more noticeable.
“…it’s been affecting me for years,” Jackson told TODAY. “And it’s getting more and more obvious. And I know I’m stumbling around on stage. And now I’m having a little trouble balancing, even in front of the microphone, and so I just feel very uncomfortable. And I just want people to know that’s why I look like I do, if they’re wondering…it’s just gonna disable me eventually.”
There is no cure for CMT, so Jackson will have to live with it for the rest of his life. Although it doesn’t affect overall lifespan, it could affect Jackson’s career.