Pop idol Selena Gomez confirmed that she was diagnosed with lupus over two years ago, and that she received chemotherapy to treat it.
In 2013, Gomez underwent treatment for the autoimmune disease at Dawn of the Meadows rehab facility. Tabloids were quick to say she had gone to rehab after her breakup with Justin Bieber. Gomez’s representatives shot down those rumors immediately, but now Selena herself has confirmed the real reason behind her break:
“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,” she told Billboard Magazine.
Gomez was assertive towards the tabloids that filled pages about her supposed mental state and addiction:
“I wanted so badly to say: ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re assholes’.”
She also used the interview to remind the media of her work as a Unicef ambassador:
“I’ve been working since I was seven. I’ve been a Unicef ambassador since I was 17. It’s so disappointing that I’ve become a tabloid story.”
ITM covered Selena’s efforts for Unicef in this exclusive interview!