Selena Gomez has broken her silence over spending time away from the spotlight.
In a new interview with Billboard, the 23-year-old singer has revealed that she was undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with lupus.
The brave star opened up about her diagnosis, saying that despite various speculation, her time-off was actually a much-needed chance to deal with her illness.
“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy,” Gomez said. “That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke.”
She also addressed those who made assumptions about her hiatus, adding, “I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re ass—–.’ I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”
Despite the difficult time out, Gomez has certainly got a lot to look forward to now. The singer is releasing her much-anticipated new album Revival on Friday and has even used haters to propel her forward.
“I’m so f—ing 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,” she says. “It’s so disappointing that I’ve become a tabloid story. That hate motivated me.”
Not only is her new album dropping this week, but Gomez also shared a new song and announced a new world tour on her Instagram on Friday.
“Guys, I have a very exciting announcement,” she says in the video clip. “I am launching my Revival world tour. I will be going to U.S. and Canada from May to July.”