After travelling the world for her Revival tour, Pop singer Selena Gomez is taking a break from music to focus on her health.
The 24-year-old, who announced last year that she battles Lupus, is planning to take time off after suffering side effects from the autoimmune disease.
On Tuesday, Selena told People, “As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways. I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks, and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges. I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off. Thank you to all my fans for your support. You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best. I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.”
Selena first confirmed she was suffering from the chronic autoimmune disease back in October 2015.
“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke,” she told Billboard.
In a 2015 interview with Billboard, Gomez revealed that she had undergone chemotherapy for Lupus in 2013, during a break in her Stars Dance tour.
She cancelled the Asian and Australian legs of the tour in late 2013 and early 2014.
During the break, rumors emerged of substance abuse.
“I wanted so badly to say, ‘you guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re a–holes,’” she said in 2015.
“I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”
A source told People that Gomez’s current break is “absolutely not related to alcohol or substance abuse,” and that she “hadn’t felt like herself” in the past couple of months.
The “Good for You” singer launched her Revival World Tour earlier this summer with supporting act DNCE. She recently appeared in the films
She recently appeared in the films Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and The Fundamentals of Caring. She will star in the upcoming James Franco-helmed drama
She will star in the upcoming James Franco-helmed drama In Dubious Battle alongside Franco, Nat Wolff, Robert Duvall and Bryan Cranston. She also has plans to produce a “
She also has plans to produce a “Latina Empire” style TV series on Freeform.