Selena Gomez is taking more time off to deal with 'anxiety, panic attacks and depression'

Selena Gomez revealed last year that she had been suffering from lupus for years and is now taking a break from her Revival tour to take care of her health.

Selena Gomez is taking more time off to focus on her health.

The "We Don't Talk Anymore" singer revealed last year that she had been suffering from lupus for years and, while the autoimmune disease can present itself in different ways, she said, it's the side effects that appear to be causing the most problems now.


"I've discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges," the 24-year-old Disney Channel alum said in a statement to People.

"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," she continued.

Gomez has been traveling the world on her Revival tour for months and thanked fans for their support and explained that she needed to take care of herself too.

"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 said.

The tour was slated for stops across Europe and Britain in October and November, and it's unclear if the show will go on.

"She decided to clear her calendar for the year in order to have this be her priority for future happiness and didn't want to leave any promoters at bay," a source told People, noting that the break was prompted after she hadn't felt like herself over the past few months.

Gomez has been relatively quiet on social media for the past few weeks — save for a nasty back-and- forth with her ex, Justin Bieber.

The "Same Old Love" singer revealed her battle with the autoimmune disease in October 2015, explaining that when she previously took a break and entered rehab in 2013, she was actually dealing with chemotherapy for lupus — not being rehabilitated for substance abuse, which had been widely rumored.

"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," she told Billboard last year. "I wanted so badly to say, 'You guys have no idea. I'm in chemotherapy.' ... I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again."

A rep for Gomez did not immediately respond to The Times' request for further comment.

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