There was speculation about drug abuse and emotional distress following her split from Justin Bieber when she took time out in 2014, but now she’s revealed the real reason she took a break.
Back in late 2013, Selena Gomez cancelled the Australian and Asian leg of her world tour, before checking into rehab in early 2014.
At the time, there were many reports suggesting Selena had sought a stay in rehab to address “addiction issues” following the breakdown of her relationship with Justin Bieber. Her spokesperson denied the rumours at the time, releasing a statement saying: “Selena voluntarily spent time at Meadows but NOT for substance abuse.”
But now Selena Gomez has spoken out, revealing that the actual reason for her time out of the spotlight was down to her being diagnosed with lupus – and having to undergo chemotherapy.
Speaking to Billboard magazine, Selena explained:
“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. 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.”
She went on to say that at the time, the speculation surrounding her time away from the public eye made her really angry.
“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.”
Selena also addressed the negative criticism she received about her body earlier in the year after being photographed in a bikini.
At the time she posted this image, telling followers she was “happy” with herself, but she’s now said that she was affected by the body-shaming critics.
“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. When someone has your self-esteem in their hands…”
We’re just glad Selena is happy and healthy now. What a queen.