Selena Gomez is taking time off as she handles anxiety and depression which she explains are a side effects from her Lupus diagnosis.
Selena Gomez was very candid about her diagnosis of Lupus last year. An autoimmune disease which attacks the body’s own systems causing health deterioration.
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She took time for her health before she released her album Revival. She had chemotherapy to fight her disease. She expressed that she took her time until she was comfortable with herself. Only then, she had her album released followed by her Revival World Tour.
"As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways," the singer and actress, 24, told People magazine in a statement. "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," she continues.
We have seen some breakdowns from Selena onstage. Sometimes there was explanation about her crying but on some occasions, especially on her birthday, she broke down on stage.
There might be a reason for that. Selena has recently announced that she is taking a break from her tour. She explained that she was facing depression, panic attacks and anxiety which she had found out were the side effects of Lupus.
She said that she wanted to be proactive and focus on maintaining her health and happiness so she has decided that the best way forward is to take some time off.
She apologized to her fans and also thanked them for their support and love. She said that she had to take care of the issues at hand and encouraged others to face their problems as well.
Kenneth M. Farber, the co-CEO and co-president of the Lupus Research Alliance appreciated Selena for addressing her issues. He said that not many people knew that these symptoms were actually side effects of Lupus.
He said that they were proud of Selena for taking time off for her health and raising awareness for the disease. She wants to get better and she will be onstage in no time.