Jet Li is no longer grounded but taking off again, health-wise. Netizens were shocked in 2018 when a photo of a frail-looking Li – visiting a temple in Tibet – surfaced. A viral photo of the actor looking frail and older than his years took the Internet by surprise but the actor responded to the criticism by saying that he’s in good health.
However, the kungfu star was diagnosed in 2010 with hyperthyroidism, whose symptoms include muscle weakness and sleeping problems. In 2017, Li revealed that even though he was taking medication, the condition “kept coming back”.
Fans now can breathe easier after a few photos popped up recently that show Li, who stars in the upcoming Disney live-action reboot of Mulan, in better health.
One photo, taken with a fan, showed Li, 56, in a good mood as he smiled broadly for the camera. The South China Morning Post reported that netizens, who were caught by surprise over his health turnaround, said it was wonderful to see him radiant and youthful again. The thinking, for now, is that Li has his health ailment under control.
Another photo was taken with US basketball champion Stephen Curry, where Li wished him a happy birthday and praised him in the caption by writing, “Your philanthropic attitude is truly inspiring. I hope you have a healthy and happy year.”
View this post on Instagram
The actor himself has drawn praise for staying true to his action-hero image on screen, and taking on his health problem without flinching.
At the height of speculation over his health in 2018, Li had addressed the issue in a Facebook post, telling his fans not to worry and even joking that he had received a “longevity potion” from someone who was keen to see him live a long life.
Jet Li isn’t the only celebrity who has suffered from health scares that need medical attention. We shine the spotlight on a bunch of famous faces who have battled with health issues:
WATCH THIS VIDEO TOO
10 Celebs You May Not Recognise Anymore
Jin Yin Ji’s Laxative Method & Other Scary Celeb Diet Tricks To Stay Away From
Exposed! 15 Healthy Eating Secrets From Your Favourite Celebrities
Celebs Like Kate Middleton And Adele Who Have Eczema
Text: Natalya Molok, Loh Keng Fatt/The Straits Times