31 August, 2016 - NME.com
Selena Gomez has stated that she will take a break from music to focus on her health, revealing that she has suffered from anxiety and depression as a result of her lupus diagnosis.
The pop singer had previously revealed that she has undergone chemotherapy for the autoimmune disease lupus, a disorder that affects the body's immune system, whereby the body becomes hyperactive and attacks its own tissue.
Gomez is currently in between legs of her Revival world tour, which is expected to run to December. However, she has now told People that she intends to "take some time off".
"As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways," she says in a statement. "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".
It is not yet known whether Gomez's break will result in the cancellation of any live shows.
The singer's health was the subject of media speculation by the press when she cancelled a tour during 2013. She later told Billboard: "I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke."
Gomez added: "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."
She also told the Today programme: "To be honest, it still makes me uncomfortable to talk about it. I feel I'm able to reach my fans and understand people when I am one on one and they're dealing with the same thing because I've been there. I'm trying to take something that's negative and turn it into a positive."