Selena Gomez Is Taking A Break From Music To Recover From Anxiety And Depression

The singer says she’s suffering side effects from her ongoing battle with lupus

Selena Gomez has been all about Revival for the past year, but now she’s taking a break to focus on recovery.

The 24-year-old, who announced last year that she battles lupus, is planning to take time off after suffering side effects from the autoimmune disease.

“I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges,” Gomez said in a statement to People on Tuesday.

“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,” she 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.”

Gomez first revealed her lupus diagnosis in a Billboard interview last October, after her canceled Stars Dance tour sparked rumors of substance abuse. “I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re assholes,’” she said at the time. “But I was angry I even felt the need to say that.”

Gomez is currently in between international legs of her Revival world tour, which is slated to run through December 18. She wrapped up her Australian leg earlier this month, and has shows scheduled throughout Europe, Asia, North America, and Latin America this fall and winter.

No word on whether Gomez will play any of those remaining tour dates, or how long she plans to retreat from the limelight, but hopefully she’ll come back feeling healthier and happier than ever.

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