Recently, Selena Gomez opened up to Billboard about a serious health issue, which happened to be the reason for the singer’s brief departure from the music scene last year.
When Gomez canceled her tours in Asia and Australia and later checked into a rehab facility, tabloids jumped the gun with speculation. Drug abuse, pregnancy, and addiction rumors swirled in 2014, but in reality Selena was diagnosed with lupus.
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body).
“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. I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re assholes.’ I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”
The Revival star was not happy about the tabloid rumors and is disappointed in becoming such a tabloid story at this time in her life.
“I’m so (expletive) nice to everybody, and everyone is so vile to me. I’ve been working since I was 7. I’ve been a UNICEF ambassador since I was 17. It’s so disappointing that I’ve become a tabloid story,” Selena told Billboard.
Moments after Selena’s announcement, fans began trending #WeAreHereForYouSelena to show support for the 23-year-old star.
— Vanessa✨ Sep 17th ♡ (@itsmarieland) October 8, 2015
— Girlfriend (@GirlfriendMAG) October 8, 2015
#WeAreHereForYouSelena i'm so proud of you, there are no words to describe how proud i am of you. I love you so much?
— ️ (@selenasinked) October 8, 2015
It’s no surprise to see the amount of support Selena has received, though. At only 23-years-old, the star has accomplished much more than just “becoming a tabloid story.” Between her acting and music career, Gomez racked up a net worth of over $13 million with the awards to accompany.
What really makes Selena shine isn’t what the public eye sees, however. The former Disney star has been making a mark as a philanthropist since her start in the industry.
As UNICEF’s youngest ever Goodwill Ambassador, Gomez has worked to raise awareness of the plight of children in Ghana and played an active role in advocating for the world’s most vulnerable children by participating in numerous campaigns, events, and initiatives.
With the ENOUGH Project, Selena traveled to Congo to witness the difficulties their citizen’s face due to war, poverty and conflict minerals.
As hard as it is to strive in the music industry, Gomez has always kept a bond with her fans. She has been quoted calling them “the most beautiful thing in the world” to her. In a recent interview, Gomez told USA Today her fans kept her motivated through everything.
“Not to sound cheesy. Literally, I feel like this industry has the ability to make you really hate people. Just the people I have come into contact with in the press and stuff like that, it’s really disappointing to see what society and fame has become. But my heart hasn’t changed. I care about people. I would love to go to dinner with everybody and just hang out and talk, and I love my fans. My fans are the only thing that’s been consistent in my life.”
With her Revival on the way, Selena Gomez is shaping up to be an incredible role model for her fans, who she loves so much. Keep the hashtag going and show your support to Selena on twitter!
— POPULOVE (@POPULOVE) October 8, 2015