In the midst of her Revival World Tour, actress-turned-songstress Selena Gomez announced that she’ll be taking some much needed time off.
She’s decided to step away from the spotlight to take care of her health. This comes just one year after her return from a similar break, in which the pop star was receiving treatment and chemotherapy for lupus.
“As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways. I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges.”
A chronic autoimmune disorder, lupus can affect any part of the body, but typically attacks the skin, joints, blood and kidneys. Essentially Selena’s body, and others who suffer from lupus, creates antibodies that attack healthy tissue instead of using antibodies to fight off infection and bacteria. About 1.5 million Americans have lupus, and it is most commonly diagnosed in women between the ages of 15 and 44.
“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,” Gomez said in her statement. Lupus can come and go, and symptoms can be unpredictable. Well aware of the dangers of not listening to her body, Selena knows that the best way to handle her condition is taking care of herself.
“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.”
Her current tour is set to end on Dec. 18 in Guadalajara, Mexico. It is unclear if her time off will affect her remaining tour dates.