Selena Gomez
Singer Selena Gomez poses at We Day California in Inglewood, California, April 7, 2016. Reuters/Danny Moloshok

Almost a year after of publicly admitting that she was diagnosed with Lupus, Selena Gomez is taking some time off. The singer has admitted that her condition has resulted in “anxiety, panic attacks and depression.”

Gomez’s break is coming right after her Revival World Tour, which has taken her around the world in the last few months. In an interview with People Magazine, the 24-year-old disclosed how she wants to take the time off in order to take care of herself and get her health in check.

"As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have Lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways," she said. “I've discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects.”

She also took the opportunity to thank her fans and explain that her course of action is necessary at this point. “I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best,” she stated.



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For now, Gomez’s break is scheduled to last for a year. A source of the publication adamantly confirmed that the time off is not an issue about alcohol or substance abuse, but is only about Gomez’s physical health and overall happiness.

Meanwhile, Kenneth M. Farber, who is the co-CEO and co-president of the Lupus Research Alliance, commended Gomez for her courage to publicly fight the condition. “We are so proud of Selena for taking care of herself and bringing awareness to this sometimes very misunderstood illness,” he shared.

Gomez went on the record in October 2015 about her diagnosis with Lupus in an interview with Billboard. The singer admitted that she was had gone through chemotherapy to keep her condition in check. At that point, Gomez had not yet started her Revival World Tour and admitted that plenty of her music inspiration came from her frustrations -- about her illness and people’s lack of understanding.