It’s pretty rare when an A-list celebrity chooses to keep mum about a life-altering event or decision. Sure, there’s always the exception. But even then, it’s only a matter time before he or she has to break silence.
After months of letting Internet trolls and paparazzi speak for her, Selena Gomez is breaking her silence on the real reason she left the spotlight.
“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,” said Gomez to Billboard. “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 “Good for You” singer admitted that the onslaught of body-shaming via social media affected her self-confidence earlier this year. Not to mention, the rumors about a drug addiction didn’t help the matter. She also touched on Justin Bieber and her friendship with Taylor Swift, explaining how the latter has helped her to regain trust in people.
Read the full Selena Gomez cover story, here.
What is Lupus?
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.
In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs (“foreign invaders,” like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues (“auto” means “self”) and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.