Selena Gomez Taking Time Off Due To Anxiety, Panic Attacks, And Depression From Her Lupus Diagnosis

Selena Gomez is taking a career hiatus. The singer has decided to take some time off to focus on her health after suffering anxiety, panic, attacks, and depression from her lupus diagnosis.

Selena told People, who first reported the story, that since wrapping up her “Revival World Tour” in the U.S., she is ready for a break.

It is not immediately clear what will happen with the rest of her tour in Europe and South America through the end of 2016.

“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.”

Selena Gomez revealed about a year ago that she had been diagnosed with lupus.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body and affects some 1.5 million Americans, according to the Lupus Foundation of America.

“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.”

Selena had previously taken some time off to care for her health and undergo chemotherapy.

The co-CEO and co-president of the Lupus Research Alliance commented on Selena’s recent statement.

“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.”

The “Kill Em With Kindness” singer launched her “Revival Tour” earlier this summer with DNCE as the supporting act.

Selena has also been busy on the big screen, appearing in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and The Fundamentals of Caring.

Gomez is also starring in the upcoming James Franco-helmed drama In Dubious Battle. She will co-star alongside Franco, Nat Wolff, Robert Duvall, and Bryan Cranston.

This decision to take a break comes two weeks after Selena’s social media feud with her ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber. The Canadian pop star posted pictures on Instagram of him and his new girlfriend, Sophia Richie.


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Fans ended up posting so many negative comments and digs at Sophia Richie, Bieber made his account private in response.

“If you can’t handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol -it should be special between you two only.

“Don’t be mad at your fans. They love you.”

Two weeks after going private, Justin posted a photo and fans were sure he was back to stay. Moments later, Bieber tweeted out that his post was a mistake and his Instagram account is still private.

Justin has deleted Selena Gomez and his other most recent ex, Hailey Baldwin, from his account.

[Photo by Kevin Winter/Staff/Getty Images]

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