13 October, 2015 - NME.com
Selena Gomez has discussed her recent news that she has been diagnosed with lupus, stating that it still makes her "uncomfortable" to talk about it after receiving chemotherapy for the autoimmune disease.
Lupus is a disorder that affects the body's immune system, whereby the body becomes hyperactive and attacks its own tissue. The disease is treated by drugs with chemotherapy helping suppress the action of the immune system.
Having recently dispelled rumours about possible substance abuse with the news, Gomez has now told the Today programme: "To be honest, it still makes me uncomfortable to talk about it".
However, the singer said she feels like she is helping fans by speaking out: "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."
Gomez added: "I gotta be healthy - I shouldn't eat the things I do eat."
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."
The star also addressed the criticism of her body by the media.
"I was in a bikini and got publicly ripped for being overweight," she said. "That was the first time I’d experienced body shaming like that. I believed some of the words they were saying."
Gomez added: "I'm so fucking nice to everybody, and everyone is so vile to me. I've been working since I was seven. I’ve been a UNICEF ambassador since I was 17. It's so disappointing that I've become a tabloid story. The hate motivated me."
Gomez's second solo album 'Revival' was released last week (October 9). She parted ways with her former group The Scene in 2012.