Back at the end of 2013, several rumors began to surface when pop star Selena Gomez cancelled the Australian and Asia legs of her “Star Dance Tour” just a few weeks shy of the tour kicking off. At the time, the rumors ranged from it having to do with her off-again-on-again boyfriend Justin Bieber to her battling Lupus, an autoimmune disease that attacks the tissues and organs which leaves the person tired, depressed, and achy.
Now, several years and a brand new album later, Gomez has revealed in a recent interview with Billboard that the rumors of her battling Lupus were true. “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 said.
Around the same time that the Lupus rumors began, others started that the cancellation of the tour happened because she had entered a rehab center. “I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re a–holes.’ I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again,” she told the publication.
At the time of the cancellation, Gomez’s management never responded to the Lupus rumor. Instead, the management team and Live Nation claimed that she needed a break from her non-stop touring schedule.
But that didn’t stop a supposed “close friend” of the singer’s from “confirming” to the Hollywood Life short after that she did indeed suffer from Lupus, According to the “source,” Gomez wanted to keep it a secret from everyone because she was embarrassed.
“Selena will not be happy that this is out there, she really wanted to keep this to herself,” the source said to HollywoodLife.com. “She doesn’t want it to affect people’s opinions of her and what she’s capable of. This is her own personal business and she wants to keep it that way.”
“She is embarrassed by it,” the source continued. “But her family and friends always tell her that they love her just the same.”
But things are beginning to look up for the pop star. Her new album, Revival, is scheduled to be released this Friday (Oct. 9) which features hit singles “Good For You” and “Same Old Love.” In support of the new music, she will also head out on the “Revival Tour” which she announced on social media last week. The tour will first hit North America before hoping across the pond.