Selena Gomez Talks Her Stint In Rehab And Living With Lupus

Lindsay McCane

Selena Gomez is opening up about her 2014 stint in rehab and her lupus diagnosis for the first time.

During a recent interview for GQ,Gomez talked about her past, and how she is trying to move on from the events that everyone continues to fixate on. Although she was reluctant at first, Selena finally opened up about why she decided to enter rehab, and what it was like being diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease.

"First off, this is something that everyone always wants to fixate on," the "Same Old Love" singer, 23, told writer Zach Baron. "I got diagnosed with lupus. My mom had a very public miscarriage. So I had to cancel my tour. I needed time to just be OK." (Gomez's mom Mandy Teefey suffered a miscarriage in late 2011, leading to the cancellation of many of Selena's scheduled concerts.)

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Aside from her brief stint in rehab, Gomez also had to deal with being diagnosed with lupus, something that she kept under wraps for a long time. During the same interview, Selena explained why she finally decided to reveal her diagnosis to the world.

"And there was this kid that wouldn't look me in the eye at all," she said, reflecting on a visit to a children's hospital. "And I wear my emotions on my face, as you just have witnessed. And I don't care, that's who I am. I wanted to get his attention, even though maybe it was too much. So I just said, 'Ask me anything you want.' And he was the first person that I told, besides my best friend and family, because he asked me, 'Have you ever dealt with anything like this?' And I said, 'I have lupus. I was in the ICU for two and a half weeks. I was in this exact same room.' And it was the first time that he looked at me."

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According to the Mayo Clinic, lupus is "a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs." The disease can affect many different body organs including a person's joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.

Below is a list of lupus symptoms:

"I just have to be patient," she said. "It's slowly dissolving the older I get. 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."

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