LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — After wrapping up the U.S. leg of our tour Selena Gomez says she is taking at least a year-long break to address the side effects of her battle with lupus, including "anxiety, panic attacks and depression."
"As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways," Gomez said in a statement provided to People Magazine. "I've discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges."
"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. 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," she added.
Gomez had been on the road with her Revival tour, concluding its most recent leg with a show at Vector Arena in New Zealand. Gomez was due to pick up the thread with a pair of shows in Canada starting on Sept. 3rd, followed by a European and South American leg, which was due to wrap up on December 18th at Guadalajara's Telmex Auditorium.
The news of her hiatus comes just one month after Gomez took to Instagram to talk about the artistic challenges she was facing.
“Tonight I felt extremely unauthentic, unconnected to both myself and my music,” Gomez wrote in the post. “I’ve never really felt like my materials, wardrobe or a video could define me. I act on a moment and fear something that hasn’t happened.”
“I’m stagnant, I stay still and don’t just sit with myself first and ask, ‘is this where I am, Whole heartedly?’ I’ve always told the truth. I am always true to my word, I’ve shown who I am but I need to rethink some areas of my life creatively and personally. Had to get that out,” Gomez added. – Staff Writers