Is Randy Jackson Sick? Fans Were Concerned When He Appeared on American Idol

Is Randy Jackson Sick? Fans Were Concerned When He Appeared on American Idol

Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, who previously served as judges on the original American Idol with Simon Cowell, appeared in the season’s 20th episode.

The former judges made a surprise appearance on American Idol on Sunday, May 1, 2022, wearing matching leopard-print outfits. Some fans were concerned when Randy appeared on the show. Is Randy Jackson sick that we should be concerned about?

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Is Randy Jackson sick?

It was in 2003 that Randy Jackson was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

When he was a judge on American Idol, Randy found out he had type 2 diabetes, which affects an estimated 8.2% of the population in the United States. In the same year, he underwent gastric bypass surgery. New details about Randy’s health condition were revealed during an interview with TODAY in January 2021.

“While I was on American Idol, I began a strict diet and exercise regimen. I believe it was the second season “he stated. “Then I embarked on a personal journey to discover ‘How do I keep it off?’ after losing a significant amount of weight. What should I do next?'”

Randy is a frequent speaker on the topics of his diet and dealing with type 2 diabetes. The details of any additional health issues he may be dealing with are still under wraps. Longtime rumor mills have speculated that the star may be infected with an illness. Nevertheless, his dramatic weight loss likely sparked the majority of the rumors.


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“Randy Jackson lost so much weight, holy cow,” tweeted @becksharrington.

“Randy Jackson from American Idol lost so much weight,” tweeted @p1pp3n_jr.

“Is Randy Jackson OK? If this weight list journey was by choice and not [because] of health reasons, he doesn’t look well that slim,” tweeted @DanDan12S.

Randy Jackson has spoken openly about his battle with type 2 diabetes, a common but debilitating condition

Keeping the weight off long-term proved to be a challenge, as Randy explained. Since appearing on American Idol Season 2, he has clearly found the right formula for success.


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In 2008, Randy wrote a book called Body With Soul about his experiences with health management.

For those who suffer from an illness that’s both life-threatening and untreatable, “it is a curse,” he wrote in an article published in TODAY at the time of his diagnosis. “However, you can certainly manage it.” Yet, “that huge wake-up call” was a blessing nonetheless.

As far as I know, Randy hasn’t spoken publicly about any other health issues. His rapid weight loss was most likely caused by his diet and exercise regimen.