Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber are both taking a break from the spotlight.
Following Selena Gomez’s shocking announcement of struggles with depression and anxiety due to her ongoing battle with lupus, Bieber has revealed that he will also be taking some time off.
According to an August31 report by Hollywood Life, Bieber told fans on Facebook, “Love you. Just taking a break for me sometimes. See everyone on BBC tonight and tour next month. Thanks.”
Meanwhile, Selena Gomez released a statement to People Magazine regarding her upcoming career hiatus.
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“As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways,” Selena Gomez told the magazine. “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,” her statement continued.
“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.”
Prior to Selena Gomez’ message to fans, she and her former boyfriend were involved in a dramatic spat on Instagram, which began when Bieber shared a photo of himself and girlfriend Sofia Richie along with a caption slamming fans for being mean to the people he likes. Following the “Cold Water” singer’s post, Selena Gomez weighed in on the situation, claiming that Bieber should consider refraining from sharing photos of himself and his new girlfriend if he can’t take the heat. She also told him that his fans loved him — but he wasn’t overjoyed. In fact, he appeared downright angry that Gomez would call him out and made a shocking allegation against her.
In the caption of the same photo of himself and Richie, Bieber took aim at Selena Gomez and told his fans that she was using him for publicity. A short time later, Gomez took their feud one step further when she proclaimed that he had cheated on her multiple times during their relationship.
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While it was believed that Bieber had backed down at that point, it was later revealed that he had allegedly fired back at Selena Gomez’s accusation and claimed that she too had cheated on him — with Zayn Malik, formerly of One Direction.
Following her Instagram feud with Bieber, whom she was last linked to in March when she attended one of his shows in Los Angeles, Selena Gomez was said to have returned home to Dallas, Texas, for some private time away from social media and the drama surrounding her strained relationship with Bieber.
“[Selena Gomez] has been using the end of her tour break to recharge at home in Dallas,” an insider explained to Hollywood Life on Tuesday. “She has been largely unplugged and taking a break from social media. Selena has been keeping things simple and cutting out all the excess noise in her life… She has been trying to keep her mind off the boys in her life and focusing on relaxing and decompressing.”
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