Selena Gomez Taking Time Off to Deal with "Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and Depression" Following Lupus Diagnosis

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Singer Selena Gomez performs at Barclays Center on June 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage)
Photo: Kevin Kane/WireImage

Selena Gomez is taking a much needed break from the spotlight.

After spending the last few months traveling the globe for her Revival World Tour, the superstar has announced that she is going on a personal hiatus in order to focus on her health and happiness. "As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways," the 24-year-old told People in an exclusive statement. "I've discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges."

"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," Gomez continued. "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. I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues."

There's been no word on whether or not the singer will finish out the rest of her tour, which is set to resume in Europe later this fall.

We wish Selena Gomez all the best in her recovery.

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