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Keeping Up With The Kardashians returned to our screens on Sunday, and the season 17 premiere ended with Kim being informed by her doctor that antibodies associated with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis were found in her blood tests.

The reality star and beauty mogul had originally suspected that she was pregnant due to her symptoms of fatigue and nausea, but a pregnancy test came back as negative.

As she delved further into her symptoms, such as swelling in her hands, she became worried that she had an autoimmune disorder.

"Based on the symptoms, it looks like I have rheumatoid arthritis," Kardashian said. "It's so scary. So I have to go to the doctor and see what’s going on because I can’t live like this."

Her doctor later confirmed her fears. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disorder that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own tissues, more commonly found in older people.

Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs, where the inflammation can affect multiple organs, according to the Mayo Clinic.


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During her appearance on Today, Kim explained she is currently undergoing treatment to deal with the health concern, and also revealed that KUWTK would "talk about it next Sunday." 

"I unfortunately had to be put on medication to stop the symptoms, I tried everything natural for the longest time and we chose the best route for me so luckily right now everything is under control," Kardashian said

Kim has been honest and open in the past when it came to her health struggles, such as dealing with the skin condition psoriasis, as well as her pregnancy complications. 

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Lorde's second album has just dropped, but unfortunately for the singer, the press and public are currently more interested in remarks she made about her friendship with Taylor Swift.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, the New Zealand-native attempted to explain the dynamic of her relationship with the Out of the Woods singer, but she didn't exactly choose her words carefully.

Referring to the fact that Taylor's high-profile status makes standard BFF activities a little difficult, Lorde made an ill-advised comparison to autoimmune conditions.

"It’s like having a friend with very specific allergies," she surmised in a particularly odd analogy.

"There are certain places you can’t go together. Certain things you can’t do," she continued. "There are these different sets of considerations within the friendship. It’s like having a friend with an autoimmune disease."

And Twitter is unsurprisingly far from impressed with the comparison.

Taking to social media to berate the singer for her 'insensitive' comments, members of the public wasted no time highlighting the incongruity of the singer's questionable comparison.



Following the backlash, Lorde took to Twitter to both apologise and clarify her remarks with Twitter users who demanded Lorde acknowledge the insensitivity of her comments.

"Didn't mention Taylor, but regardless, I f*cked up and that was really insensitive. I'm sorry," she wrote in response to one person's outrage.