Selena Gomez recently revealed in an interview that she was diagnosed with Lupus and therefore explains her sudden disappearance for part of 2013 & 2014 from the public eye.
Back in 2013, Gomez, 23, suddenly halted her world tour and never publically gave an explanation why she was doing so. Rumors soon surfaced that Gomez decided to put her tour on pause due to health reasons.
According to some sources, the singer had been diagnosed with Lupus, which is an auto-immune disease, and was suffering from multiple flares of facial swelling, headaches, joint pain, as well as extreme fatigue which is typically associated with the illness.
In 2014, Gomez’s grandparents appeared to confirm this rumor stating the singer was “in treatment” for the disease in an apparent interview with RadarOnline. Despite her family implying she was treating some disease, the Gomez opted to remain silent.
In an recent interview with Billboard, Gomez candidly talked about her diagnosis for the first time and expressed her reaction to malicious rumors that arose from her sabbatical from the spotlight.
“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about,” Gomez said, addressing her 2013/2014 break and added that if she didn’t take a break when she could have suffered for it. “I could’ve had a stroke.”
While Gomez went for treatment, certain media outlets began to circulate that Gomez’s health concerns were merely an excuse for substance abuse.
These rumors gained some traction when it was leaked that Gomez had been to The Meadows recovery center in Arizona for two weeks back in 2014. Gomez’s rep didn’t give any specific reason why Gomez was at the center, but merely addressed it had nothing to do with substance abuse in a statement made in-regards to this leak and gossip sites stating otherwise.
“I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re a**holes,’” said Gomez, “I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”
However, Gomez didn’t lock herself away for too long. Instead, she used the negative attention she received and channeled it into working on her new album Revival.
“I’m so f***ing nice to everybody, and everyone is so vile to me. I’ve been working since I was 7. I’ve been a UNICEF ambassador since I was 17. It’s so disappointing that I’ve become a tabloid story. The hate motivated me.”
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