Selena Gomez Is Taking Some Time Off to Take Care Of Herself

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Selena Gomez took a break in 2014 – not for drugs or rehab, guys – but to undergo chemotherapy for her lupus. Now, as her Revival World Tour wraps up, Gomez revealed that she’s retreating from the spotlight once again, to deal with the “anxiety, panic attacks and depression” that lupus has caused for her.

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In a statement, Gomez said:

“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 by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.”

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Great! Taking care of oneself is a good move. But, as People also reports, one Kenneth M. Farber, the co-CEO and co-founder of the Lupus Research Alliance said that “it is not commonly known that depression, anxiety and panic attacks can be side effects of lupus,” following that up by commending her for handling her own shit and “bringing awareness to this sometimes very misunderstood illness.”

Gomez’s reps rushed in to clarify that this is absolutely not about rehab, drugs or alcohol abuse. She simply took a long look at whatever was going on in her life and how she was feeling about it and decided to take a break. That’s a totally fine and appropriate response for anyone–even a Famous.

“She feels relieved that she can now make more sense of why she was feeling the way she was and is optimistic about the future,” a source told People. Good. Great. It will be okay.

[People]


Oh, hey, Matt Bomer? If you got cast as a transgender sex worker in a movie and people are mad about it – like Jamie Clayton, a trans woman and actress – and are sort of politely calling you out, maybe don’t block them on Twitter.

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Just a thought!

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But, as People also reports, one Kenneth M. Farber, the co-CEO and co-founder of the Lupus Research Alliance said that “it is not commonly known that depression, anxiety and panic attacks can be side effects of lupus,”

Depression, anxiety and panic attacks can result from any grave illness or injury; certainly one requiring chemotherapy. Our brains form part of our bodies and (natch) the inverse. We have more serotonin receptors in our guts than we do in our brains. Physical homeostasis is an ever-changing, organic system that undergoes much flux in its attempt to recover good health. And it isn’t an easy road for many.