Selena Gomez has been forced to put her Revival World Tour on hold after suffering anxiety and panic attacks after her lupus diagnosis, which she announced last year. The “Same Old Love” singer, who said that she is also dealing with depression, had been scheduled to tour Europe this fall. In October, it was revealed that she went back to rehab.
Here’s what we know about Gomez’s health.
1. Gomez Said She is ‘Taking Some Time Off’ to Focus on Maintaining Her Health After Learning About the Symptoms of Lupus
Gomez announced her decision to take time off in a statement to People Magazine on August 30. It means that she will miss the European leg of her Revival world tour, which included dates in Norway, Denmark, France, Germany and the U.K.
Here’s Gomez’s complete statement:
As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways. 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.
Kenneth M. Farber, co-CEO of the Alliance for Lupus Research, praised Gomez for continuing to raise awareness for the disease. “We are so proud of Selena for taking care of herself and bringing awareness to this sometimes very misunderstood illness,” he told People.
The news followed a troubling report from the U.K. tabloid The Sun. On August 26, The Sun reported that her family was planning an “intervention” after she publicly called Bieber out on Instagram when Bieber threatened to make his Instagram page private.
On October 12, Us Weekly reported that Gomez has been in rehab since August 30. She has been recovering at a Tennessee facility.
“Selena is dealing with lupus, but this break is to focus on her mental health,” a source told Us Weekly. “She can go to a very dark place.”
2. Gomez Revealed in an Interview Last Year That She Was Diagnosed With the Autoimmune Disease
In October 2015, she told Billboard that she was diagnosed with Lupus. The 24-year-old explained that this is why she took a break in her career. Revival was her first album since 2013’s Stars Dance. She said that rumors that she was using drugs were false.
“I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re assholes.’ I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again,” Gomez said in 2015.
In a December 2015 follow-up interview with Billboard, Gomez thanked her fans for their support.
It has been overwhelming and the response has been very supportive, which is nice — but it still makes me a little uncomfortable. I waited for the right time to talk about it because I am in a great place and I’m very healthy. I’m not trying to be loud about it: It was time to use my platform to help.
3. Gomez Underwent Chemotherapy in 2013, When She Cancelled an Australia Tour
Gomez has treated lupus with chemotherapy. That’s why she cancelled a 2014 Australian tour. She did not reveal the diagnosis at the time.
Gomez said in 2013:
“My fans are so important to me and I would never want to disappoint them. But it has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years of putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be.
Gomez did perform for her Austrian fans. On August 9, she tweeted:
Gomez also went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in October 2015 to explain why she didn’t reveal her diagnosis for three years. “I mean that’s when I found it and I think it was just very complicated because I didn’t understand and then that was something that I did want to keep private until my whole life suddenly wasn’t private,” she said.
During her April GQ interview, she talked more in-depth about the chemotherapy process, adding that she went to two different locations for the treatments.
“I just have to be patient. It’s slowly dissolving the older I get,” she told GQ. “And I just have to be patient and make great things with quality, from producing to singing to acting. And one by one, I will be able to change the dialogue and people won’t care about everything that’s happened to me.”
4. There Is No Cure for Lupus, but Drugs Can be Used to Treat It
According to Alliance for Lupus Research, there is no cure for lupus, an autoimmune disease. Like many of these types of conditions, it turns the body against the immune system that is supposed to protect it. “Although people with the disease may have many different symptoms, some of the most common ones include extreme fatigue, painful or swollen joints (arthritis), unexplained fever, skin rashes, and kidney problems,” the Alliance notes.
There is no cure for lupus, but it can be treated with drugs and many people with it are able to lead healthy lives. Still, those who suffer from the condition can suffer from flares of symptoms. The above video explains the condition.
5. Other Celebrities, Including Seal and Nick Cannon, Suffer From Lupus
Gomez isn’t the only celebrity to deal with lupus. As Health.com notes, 1.5 million Americans suffer from the disease, including Nick Cannon, Seal and Toni Braxton.
In 2010, Lady Gaga revealed to Larry King that she tested “borderline positive” for lupus, although she said she didn’t have it. She said that lupus is in her family. Gaga explained at the time:
Lupus is in my family, and it is genetic. And it’s so funny because my mother told me the other day that my fans were quite worried about me because they did talk about the fact that I was tested for lupus.
And the truth is I don’t show any signs, any symptoms of lupus. But I have tested borderline positive for the disease. So as of right now … I do not have it. But I have to take good care of myself.