Selena Gomez: Battle with Lupus, Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Depression

Selena Gomez

Actress Selena Gomez arrives for the “Louis Vuitton Series 3” exhibition gala opening in London, Britain September 20, 2015. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Selena Gomez is taking some time off after traveling around the globe for her Revival World Tour, the young singer and actress says she is taking a much-needed breather in order to take care of herself.

In an exclusive interview with People, the young star shares her experience with battling lupus, “As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways,” she shared her perspective in the wake of her lupus battle saying, “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,” the young star adds.

Sources associated with Selena tells People that she has been working hard and due to the stress during her world tour, she “hadn’t felt like herself” over the last couple of months. People close to Selena reminds her fans that her break is “absolutely not related to alcohol or substance abuse.”

The source says that “She decided to clear her calendar for the year in order to have this be her priority for future happiness and didn’t want to leave any promoters at bay,” also adding, “She feels relieved that she can now make more sense of why she was feeling the way she was and is optimistic about the future.”

Selena has already faced the media last fall when she confirmed ongoing rumors that she was battling the autoimmune disease, she tells Billboard she was undergoing chemotherapy as treatment during 2013 when she went on a break in the middle of her Stars Dance tour.

“I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re ass*****.’ I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again,” Selena tells the publication.

Kenneth M. Farber, co-CEO and co-president of the Lupus Research Alliance, lauds the young actresses’ openness about her condition saying, “it is not commonly known that depression, anxiety and panic attacks can be side effects of lupus. We are so proud of Selena for taking care of herself and bringing awareness to this sometimes very misunderstood illness.”

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