Selena Gomez seemed to soar in 2016, with her Revival Tour turning into a success, and fans cheering for her at concerts and on social media. But then a series of events appeared to signify something was going wrong, culminating in her announcement that she was canceling the rest of her Revival Tour. Was it lupus and the side effects of that autoimmune disease, including depression and anxiety, or the photos of her on again, off again boyfriend Justin Bieber, happily enjoying a very public romance with Sofia Richie, that caused the cancellation?
Life & Style reports that the “Kill ‘Em With Kindness” singer blames Justin. Allegedly, Bieber caused her to feel “backed into a corner,” and that’s why she’s calling 2016 one of the “worst years of her life,” according to the media outlet.
Viewing photos of Justin with his new gal pal Sofia all over social media “was really hard for her,” an insider told Life & Style.
“She saw Justin looking so happy and that really sent her into a downward spiral.”
But although Selena is blaming Bieber, the 24-year-old lupus sufferer is focused on her recovery, one of her pals revealed to Life & Style.
“She wants everyone to know where she’s coming from and how she feels,” shared the friend. “She knows she needs to take care of herself.”
Also linking Gomez’s struggles to Justin, a source told In Touch that the pop princess had a “meltdown” over Bieber’s romance with Sofia. Blaming what the media outlet describes as Selena’s “unhealthy relationship” with Justin, the insider said that the singer’s alleged “constant partying” as well as “unstable” on again, off again romance with Bieber played key roles in her decision to cancel her Revival Tour.
However, In Touch also reported that Gomez’s lupus struggles are “at the core of her issues.” The autoimmune disease combined with the “constant partying and unstable relationship” with Justin made matters “worse,” according to the source.
Busy with Sofia, Bieber “ignored” Selena, but that caused even more problems, added the insider.
“The more [Justin] ignored her, the more [Selena] freaked out.”
As for whether this means that Bieber doesn’t care that his former girlfriend is struggling, however, the source also revealed that both Justin and his family are praying for her.
“Justin and his family are praying that she gets the help she needs,” shared the insider. “They just want Selena to get well.”
However, while these reports link Bieber and photos of him with Richie to Gomez’s issues, the “Kill ‘Em With Kindness” singer has discussed what she views as her reasons for taking time off.
Elle points out that Selena has opened up about her reason for taking a break and been candid in discussing her anxiety and depression, which she linked to lupus.
“I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges,” stated Gomez. “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.”
Taking it one step further, Bieber’s former girlfriend shared that she hopes she can motivate others with anxiety, depression, and similar concerns to get help.
“I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.”
Joining her in speaking out about emotional health issues were Adele, Kristen Bell, and Demi Lovato, with Ashley Olsen also confessing the “anxiety” she feels about the demands of social media, according to Elle, which noted the increase in stars speaking out about mental health matters.
When Gigi Hadid tweeted her boyfriend Zayn Malik after he canceled a performance because of anxiety, for example, she praised his courage.
“Your bravery…makes me proud, but your honesty last night proved what you’re all about, being real. Human recognizes human,” she wrote.
Joining those praising the celebrities for their honesty about issues such as anxiety and depression are joined by a lupus expert, who honored Gomez for illuminating these side effects of the autoimmune disease.
Kenneth M. Farber, the co-CEO and co-president of the Lupus Research Alliance, discussed the relationship between lupus and anxiety, reported People.
“It is not commonly known that depression, anxiety and panic attacks can be side effects of lupus,” noted Farber. “We are so proud of Selena for taking care of herself and bringing awareness to this sometimes very misunderstood illness.”
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