Pop Star Selena Gomez has admitted the real reason behind her short stint off the spotlight. Selena revealed that she was diagnosed with autoimmune disease, Lupus.
BBC reports that Selena’s health was questioned when she cancelled her tours in Asia and Australia in 2013.
The site mentions that the 23-year-old star had “sought treatment at the Dawn at the Meadows rehab facility.” The facility had denied allegations that Selena was undergoing rehab due to drug abuse.
Selena told Billboard, “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 also expressed what she felt during that time when rumors were spreading about her dealing with drug addiction.
“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,” Selena told the site.
The Pop Star is said to be “taking control of her body” and is getting ready for her upcoming album, “Revival.”
But, what is Lupus?
We’ve listed below 10 symptoms, treatment and chemo facts to help you know more about the autoimmune disease.
1. BBC mentions that Lupus is “a chronic autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal tissue.”
2. Unfortunately, the disease still has an “unknown cause.”
3. The disease, however, often leads to destruction of any part of the body.
4. CNN notes that the immune system of those who have lupus “essentially go haywire, and instead of fighting off viruses and bacteria with antibodies, their bodies create autoantibodies that attack healthy tissue.”
5. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, “at least five million people worldwide have a form of lupus.” In that number, 90% are women.
6. Lupus UK says that symptoms include muscle aches, hair loss, fever, rash, depression, weight or gain loss, swollen glands, migraine, and extreme fatigue among others.
7. The two major symptoms of Lupus are joint/muscle aches and extreme fatigue and weakness.
8. Those who suffer from Lupus may undergo chemotherapy treatment. CNN notes that through chemo, “aggressive types of Lupus” can be stopped.
9. For mild cases of Lupus, CNN mentions “immunosuppressants or anti-inflammatories, such as aspirin or steroids” may treat the disease.
10. Lupus UK notes that lupus has no cure “but careful monitoring of the disease and a treatment program” may help to control the condition.