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Selena Gomez Announces a Break to Deal with "Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and Depression"

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Selena Gomez revealed to her fans and supporters last year that she suffers from the autoimmune disease, Lupus. Since then, she's been extremely open about the challenges it's presented her including going through chemotherapy and seeking treatment in a rehab facility—plus it's the real reason she was forced her to take breaks from touring and her career in years past. Bottom line, her health had to come first. So, we're sad to learn that Gomez made another tough decision this week and will be halting her "Revival" tour to get a handle on some truly debilitating side effects of Lupus—anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. (Feeling depressed? Here are 9 Ways to Fight Depression.)

In a statement to Us Weekly, Gomez spoke from the heart and explained: "As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have Lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways. 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. 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 and by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues."

Gomez has been noticeably silent on Instagram the past two weeks which is likely a sign that she's already started to "unplug." Before she was public about her disease, Gomez's decisions to go on past hiatuses were met with harsh criticism from haters who assumed the worst. Last year, Gomez explained to Billboard that when she was secretly undergoing chemo and under such scrutiny for going off the grid that it really affected her. "I wanted so badly to say, 'You guys have no idea. I'm in chemotherapy. You're a--holes.' I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again."

We're rooting for Gomez to take all the time she needs do to get strong and well.

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