Singer Selena Gomez has announced that she will be taking time away from the spotlight to focus on her health.
The Good For You singer – who is currently travelling with her Revival World Tour – admitted that she has been suffering with depression and anxiety, two conditions which can be side effects of an autoimmune disease called Lupus which the star suffers from.
In a statement which was first published by PEOPLE, Selena said: “As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways.”
“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 explained that she now needs to be proactive when it comes to her health and thanked her fans – who are often called ‘Selenators’ – for their support.
She said: “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.”
The former Disney star finished by encouraging those suffering from similar issues to get help.
“I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.”
It is not yet known when exactly Selena’s career break will begin or whether it will interrupt the remainder of her tour.
We hope Selena gets the support she needs.