Friday 28 July 2017

Selena Gomez opens up about lupus battle and undergoing chemotherapy

Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez attends the Louis Vuitton Series 3 VIP Launch on September 20, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Actress Selena Gomez and Brooklyn Beckham attend the Polo Ralph Lauren fashion show during Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week
Selena Gomez posed nude on her Revival album cover
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Selena Gomez has finally opened up about taking a break from the spotlight and revealed she has been secretly battling lupus.

The actress and singer (23) took a step away from the spotlight in late 2013 to early 2014 and speculation was rife as to what she was up to during her hiatus. Her rep at the time confirmed she was in a rehabilitation facility, prompting many to assume she was being treated for drug or alcohol addiction, although her PR specified she was being treated for "emotional issues."

And the Spring Breakers star has opened up for the first time about her time away from the limelight, saying that she was diagnosed with lupus in and was undergoing chemotherapy to help treat it.

"I was diagnosed with lupus, and I've been through chemotherapy," she told Billboard magazine.

Selena Gomez attends the Louis Vuitton show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2015/2016
Selena Gomez attends the Louis Vuitton show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2015/2016

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"That's what my break was really about. I could've had a stroke."

"I wanted so badly to say, 'You guys have no idea. I'm in chemotherapy. You're a**holes.' I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again."

Gomez also spoke of her excitement at her new album, Revival, which she says is partly inspired by critics.

"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," she says. "It's so disappointing that I've become a tabloid story. That hate motivated me."

Selena Gomez posed nude on her Revival album cover
Selena Gomez posed nude on her Revival album cover

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