Selena Gomez Says She's 'Uncomfortable' Talking About Her Lupus Diagnosis on 'Today'

Selena Gomez says she is trying to "take something that maybe is a negative and turn it into a positive"

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Selena Gomez isn’t quite ready to talk about her lupus diagnosis.

The 23-year-old singer/actress appeared on the Today show Monday morning to perform songs from her new album Revival on the just launched Citi Concert Series.

When asked about her battle with lupus, she demurred: “To be honest, it still kind of makes me a little uncomfortable to talk about.”

Gomez recently revealed to Billboard magazine that during her time away from the spotlight, she was undergoing chemotherapy for the autoimmune disease.

“That s what my break was really about,” she told Billboard. “I could’ve had a stroke.”

During a chat with Today’s Matt Lauer and Hoda Kotb on Monday, Gomez spoke of her decision to share her personal story.

“I feel I’m able to reach my fans and understand people when I am one-on-one with them, and they’re kind of dealing with the same thing,” the “Same Old Love” singer said.

“So, I’m just trying to take something that maybe is negative and turn it into a positive.”

At the show, Gomez waved to the crowd and even snapped a few selfies with fans.

She performed her two most recent singles “Good for You” and “Same Old Love,” plus a medley featuring her hit “Come & Get it” and “Me & the Rhythm” (also from the new album).

Gomez donned a black jumpsuit that showed off her back and part of her toned stomach. She smiled as she delivered a couple choreographed numbers alongside a group of male dancers.

She appeared to have fun as she delivered the new music, giving fans a taste of what they can expect from her upcoming Revival tour.

Gomez told the Today hosts that she has been “shifting and growing” in recent years, adding: “I really want to be able to be heard.”

“I’m ready to share my new album with everyone,” she said.

After stealing the spotlight at Rockefeller Center, Gomez made her way inside the studio and joined co-hosts Willie Geist, Tamron Hall and Natalie Morales for a fun chat about everything from calling the shots on her career to being in Taylor Swift‘s star-studded squad.

When Hall asked about Geist’s chances of joining the group, Gomez replied, “Here’s the thing. We haven’t really had any males. That’s kind of why we have the squad. So maybe your daughter could join. I don’t know if you could.”

Then Gomez explained what the squad means to her pals.

“It’s so good that that’s actually becoming something,” she said. “There’s just been so much – especially with women in this industry just being penned against other women, mainly men as well. We are our own people. I think it’s incredible that it’s actually a thing now because we do show up together. We love each other.”

Reporting by NICK MASLOW

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