In early 2014, there were rumors that Selena Gomez was suffering from lupus. She never confirmed that, although her grandfather supposedly spoke to the press about it. That was around the time that she cancelled a major tour. Selena is doing the promotional rounds for her upcoming album and she’s revealed some personal information about what she’s gone through the past two years. She’s said that she was hurt by criticism of her body and she recently revealed that she’s been in therapy to help deal with her reaction to that. In a new cover story and interview with Billboard magazine, Selena said that she was indeed diagnosed with lupus and that she underwent chemotherapy treatment for it. That must have been awful! All of that happened at the same time she was being mocked both online and in person.
On her lupus diagnosis and chemotherapy
“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,” Gomez says of her time spent out of the spotlight, which gossip-mongers took as fodder for addiction rumors. “I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re assholes.’ I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”
She deal with a lot of hate
“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. It’s so disappointing that I’ve become a tabloid story,” Gomez says. But it helped propel her to new places for Revival: “The hate motivated me.”
On if she’s inspired by Bieber
Former boyfriend Justin Bieber is undergoing a similar maturation in the pop world, but Gomez dismisses any notion she’s inspired by his career turnaround. “No. This is my time. I’ve deserved this. I earned it. This is all me.”
On being hurt by critics
Gomez admits Internet trolls affected her self-confidence earlier this year. “I was in a bikini and got publicly ripped for being overweight,” Gomez says. “That was the first time I’d experienced body shaming like that. I believed some of the words they were saying. When somebody else has your self-esteem in their hands …” According to Gomez, that’s why you see her baring her body on the cover of Revival — she’s not afraid of what the online critics might say.
Taylor Swift is helping her feel normal again
Gomez is understandably reluctant to allow new people into her world, but says pal Taylor Swift is helping her trust others. “Taylor makes me feel empowered, like I can trust new people,” she says of the Squad. “All of those girls are so dope. We ran around taking pictures, changing dresses, dancing — super-cliche girly stuff, but it rocked. The way she cares about women is so adamant. It’s pulling me out of my shell.”
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Can you imagine being under all that public scrutiny while dealing with a terrible health crisis at the age of 21? Plus having to keep quiet and not tell anyone what was going on? I get the impression that Gomez is not on board with continuing to be in the public eye, but I hope I’m wrong. I also hope she’s ok now and that her health is improved.
I question how empowering it is to become part of Taylor Swift’s crew and to do Instagram-ready activities, but if that helped her feel normal it’s a good thing. It sounds like she’s been in this fishbowl since she was very young and like she’s over it.
Gomez goes strategically topless for her upcoming album. Similar to Demi Lovato’s recent nude shoot, Gomez described posing nude as freeing and said that it helped her overcome body image issues. You can see that image here.
Gomez is shown out in Paris at the end of September. Credit: FameFlynet and Pacific Coast News