Selena Gomez opens up about lupus battle and undergoing chemotherapy
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.
"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."