Selena Gomez reportedly is taking a break from tour to deal with health issues. The singer has reportedly cancelled the Australian and Asian legs of her world tour because of a battle with autoimmune disease Lupus and that she is taking some much needed time off to address her personal health concerns.
Sources told Popdust that the 21-year-old singer was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease a couple of years ago, and suffered multiple “flares” recently, that cause facial swelling, extreme fatigue, headaches and joint pain.
“Selena has been going full throttle the past few years and her Lupus is really catching up with her right now,” a source told the website. “She knows that she needs to take some time to address the disease and look after herself better if she wants to live a full and healthy life.”
Another insider shared with the HollywoodLife saying: “Selena will not be happy that this is out there. She really wanted to keep this to herself because she doesn’t want it to effect people’s opinions of her and what she’s capable of. This is her own personal business and she wants to keep it that way.”
Last week the singer cancelled 13 dates on her tour, apologizing to her fans in a statement through concert promoter Live Nation.
“My fans are so important to me and I would never want to disappoint them. But it has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years of putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be. To my fans, I sincerely apologize and I hope you guys know how much each and every one of you mean to me.”
Gomez was due to visit countries including Australia, China, Japan and the Philippines on her Stars Dance tour next year, but a week ago cancelled the entire slate of shows to reflect and “be the best person I can be”.
Actually, when the 21-year-old performer announced that she would be canceling tour dates, there was a lot of speculation about the real reason. The rumor had it that she was still heartbroken after her break up with fellow artist, Justin Bieber, and thus unable to keep touring. Others suggested that she might be struggling with substance abuse and there were even reports that she had checked into rehab.
“Selena is OK,” another source told E! news when she made her announcement. “She just realized it was time to take a break for herself. She’s been working non-stop for six years. She hit a wall. She wants to spend time with her family, especially for the holidays.
Lupus refers to a collection of autoimmune diseases; it causes the body’s immune system to attack normal healthy cells and the impacts can be wide-ranging, effecting joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, the heart, and lungs. Symptoms include facial swelling, fatigue, headaches and joint pain. It can also be fatal, particularly if the it attacks the cardiovascular system.
Other celebrities with the condition include Seal, Nick Cannon and Toni Braxton – Michael Jackson also suffered with it, reports the Daily Mail.