Selena Gomez reveals lupus diagnosis, chemotherapy: ‘I could have died’

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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.

Selena Gomez Poses For Selfies With Her Fans While Visiting NRJ Radio Station

Selena Gomez Poses For Selfies With Her Fans While Visiting NRJ Radio Station

Selena Gomez poses for selfies with her fans as she leaves the Ferber's photo studio in Paris

Gomez is shown out in Paris at the end of September. Credit: FameFlynet and Pacific Coast News

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  1. Bishg says:

    hmmm.. Didn’t she go to rehab around that same period because of “depression, exhaustion and stress-induced alcoholism” (a.k.a. coke abuse and non-stop partying)?

    Just asking..

    • LB says:

      I think that’s the point. The official rehab announcement said it was for emotional reasons and not substance abuse. No one chose to believe that. TMZ claimed otherwise so of course that was treated as the truth instead.

      For once, though, it may have actually been true that she was going through some medical emergency and in rehab for other non-substance abuse related reasons.

      • Bridget says:

        Except you don’t just go to rehab for emotional reasons. You go specifically for substance abuse.

      • LB says:

        Doesn’t it depend on the rehab facility? Aren’t some just basically spas or places to retreat for a while? I quite honestly don’t know.

      • A says:

        Bridget-I was a therapist in a rehab clinic and we provided treatment for various addictions (not just substance abuse), and eating disorders, as well as for emotional issues. The behavior resulting from some emotional problems could arguably be considered a form of abuse perpetrated on oneself. Depending on the issue and resulting/manifesting behaviors people absolutely do engage in some sort of rehab for emotional reasons.

      • qwerty says:

        I think C.Zeta-Jones went to rehab too to help her with her bipolar a few years back when she was having a crisis

    • Dani says:

      Yeah, because everyone just lies about having a disease and needing treatment. I think it’s easier to admit drug abuse than the fact you might die.

      • Bishg says:

        I think pretty much EVERYONE in Hollywood lies about having more or less serious diseases and needing treatments (of different nature).
        In my opinion, several times this is just a bad cover-up for addiction and all sorts of trouble/mischief.
        Just a few names I can think of: Ireland Baldwin (rehab for “emotional trauma”), Jimmy Fallon (unlikely story about slipping on a carpet or something), Rihanna (visited rehab for “love addiction”), Lady Gaga (“broken hip”, went to rehab instead) and the list goes on.
        And before today’s celebrity lawyer jumps at my throat screaming “HOW DO YOU KNOW? Do you have any proofs??” let me clarify that NO, I am not 100% sure and NO, I don’t have actual evidence to support my claims but I have a sharp brain, plus I’ve been an avid gossip reader for a while now and I can do the math.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Bishg, the problem with your assumptions is that there are other factors involved. For Selena and Gaga, they stopped international tours in order to get medical care. Non-appearance insurance would not have paid anything to cover the expenses that went into the organization of the tours or the other financial factors. It would have cost many, many, many MILLIONS of dollars to cancel these tours just to go to rehab. I think Gaga and Selena’s situations were medically justified based on the scenario. Non-appearance insurers have access to EVERY detail about a performer’s past and current medical care.

  2. Lucy says:

    “I’ve earned it. This is all me” LOVED this.

  3. meme says:

    boo hoo … maybe she should stop reading everything that people write on blogs, Twatter, etc.

    what’s the obsession with posing nude with these young “starlets?”

    • Kitten says:

      Pretty much this.

      She’s still talking about people giving her sh*t about those bikini photos? Good Lord. Yeah it sucks to get teased but seriously, she REALLY needs thicker skin.
      Or maybe stay out of the public spotlight and away from social media?

      • Wishing I had to money to move to New Zealand says:

        @Kitten ..how about you post a picture of yourself in a bikini and post it on the Internet…come back and tell us how you got through being ripped to shreds without your inner confidence and self esteem being affected..oh wait the whole world isn’t watching you so the 5 people who would comment wouldn’t compare to 6 billion people telling you how fat you are

      • Kitten says:

        Well let’s see…I would never do that because:

        1) I don’t need the validation of strangers.
        2) People’s opinion of my body doesn’t define who I am

        …and finally:

        3) I don’t go on social media. Ever.

        But if I DID lose my mind and post a bikini pic on social media, I would be prepared for people to comment on my body, whether negative or positive….and keep in mind that I’m not someone who gets paid millions of dollars to look pretty like Selena does.

        Do you want to see a pic of me in a bikini?
        Is that why you’re asking?
        Not trying to brag, but I’m pretty ripped for almost-37.
        I’m not sure you could handle it actually.

      • Val says:

        I think it’s really hard to be a successful artist without social media – it’s a way to interact with fans and stay relevant and “out there”. When many models only get jobs because of the number of followers they have, and being on social media is considered important for most businesses, it’s not that easy to just quit Instagram, especially when your brand is about being personable and relatable.
        Selena isn’t Beyonce.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        You can’t HANDLE this kitten! Rawr!

        I don’t think Wishing is aware that Kitten is a dedicated runner and healthy person. ;)

      • MrsB says:

        First, it should be pointed out that the criticism of Selena came from pap shots of her on a beach while she was on vacation. It’s not from something she posted on social media.
        Secondly, Kitten you are 37 and have maturity, wisdom and confidence that I would be willing to bet you didn’t have at Selena’s age, 23. I believe you that you are ripped, however I am positive there would be a group of people who could find flaws with you that you have never thought about because people on the internet are MEAN.

      • Kitten says:

        That’s it.

        None of you will get to see my 18 pack.

        That is your punishment. I was gonna show it to you too…. but no more.

        Yes, the internet is full of meanies..just look at me getting bullied on this thread! *sniffs*

        But seriously, I don’t have anything against Selena-she seems like a sweet girl- but this has to be at least the fourth time I’ve read her complaining about negative comments about her bikini shots. Maybe people ask her about it, but come on, even in those photos she was like *MAYBE* 5 lbs overweight IF THAT. She’s a beautiful, thin young woman..I just cannot cry for her. I have a lot of sympathy for the fact that she has Lupus, but not for her not being able to shrug off some malicious aholes hiding behind a computer screen.

        This is the life of someone who is high-profile you know? You get the fancy paychecks and the adoration and the flipside is that there are people who will talk sh*t.

        Eh. I just don’t get why people are treating her like some fragile flower…maybe it’s the baby face that makes people feel protective towards her. I just don’t see her enduring any more/less criticism that any other celeb has not endured at one point in their career. The difference is that other celebs seem far more equipped at handling the negative.

    • Jay says:

      What’s your obsession with negativity? She sounded fine in this interview. I think it was honest and brave to admit the internet trolls affected her – it shows a little humanity.

      • MP says:

        The thing is celebs at least have a choice whether to hear all the hate or not. They can stay away from twitter and internet. A lot of people don’t have that choice, they are told how fat or ugly they are everyday to their faces in school. They are still expected to just not let it get to them, sticks and stones etc.

        Selena has probably been told all her life that she is beautiful. This was most likely the first time she got criticism and she couldn’t deal with it.

      • Kitten says:

        “Selena has probably been told all her life that she is beautiful. This was most likely the first time she got criticism and she couldn’t deal with it.”

        That’s what it sounds like to me.

      • Jay says:

        Great point MP. But the fact of the matter is, people ripped into her and she saw it. That would upset anyone. I think a little bit of sympathy is warranted here. And I wouldn’t call horribly mean comments “a little criticism.”

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I do think they put themselves in a predictable hard spot. If you post pictures of your body that are meant to titillate, then people are going to judge and comment. They have to accept that by putting yourself out there in that superficial way, you are making yourself vulnerable to attacks.

      • Kitten says:

        Exactly. This isn’t about being callous, it’s just the reality.

        She’s not the first young celeb to have her body critiqued and she won’t be the last. You can’t erase aholes from the planet, but you CAN choose to ignore them.

      • Pinetree13 says:

        She’s young…when I was that age I did put ridiculous photos on my social media. I think you would tell yourself not to read the comments but com’on we are humans and curious by nature! You’d want to know what people were saying. I feel bad for her on this issue.

      • MP says:

        I would like to add just one more thing.
        The internet is a truly disgusting place especially for women. It goes so much beyond some celebrity wearing an unflattering bikini after gaining a few pounds being called fat.
        If you are woman and you try to address women’s issues like sexism or violence against women on a public forum the feedback in the comments is absolutely terrifying. Those women who dare to do that with their own face and name get called wh0res and threatened with r@pe. The misogyny is so wide spread and common in our Western culture that prides itself on its equality.
        I hope we keep fighting it by being brave enough to keep discussing it regardless of the threats and that women (celebrity or not) keep resisting the body shaming by posting all the pictures they want and just blocking the nasties.
        I really loved P!nk’s reply to her bodyshamers a while back. She has a great and healthy attitude on dealing with the haters.

      • Kitten says:

        @Pinetree13-Ok but would it be something that you’re focusing on in light of the news that you have an incurable illness? Usually that sort of life-changing event gives people some perspective like “don’t sweat the small stuff” etc.

        @MP-Pink has put up with far more body-shaming than Selena ever has (particularly from men because let’s face it, every dude still thinks Selena is hot whereas most guys dismiss Pink as “manly”) and she’s an example of what I’m talking about: she’s tough as nails and doesn’t take any sh*t.
        My comments aren’t a defense of shaming of internet bullying, but I do worry about Selena persevering in an industry that is brutal by anyone’s standards. She doesn’t seem strong enough.

    • EN says:

      It is cruel of you ladies, that is what I think. It is not possible to avoid it all. And it hurts.
      They are human just like you.

  4. Colleen says:

    I don’t know who she is or anything about her other than she’s cute. And that’s an interesting use of the word adamant.

    But I’m sorry she went through all of that. People can be so cruel.

    • Kitten says:

      I think she meant “admirable” but this is what happens when you don’t have any real formal education.

      But yeah, that was very K Stew of her.

  5. dr mantis toboggan says:

    “I’m so nice to everybody, and everyone is so vile to me.” It’s a cruel world out there, just wait until you lose your looks

  6. Lilacflowers says:

    I wish her good health. Lupus is a devastating disease.

  7. Friday says:

    i hope that she brings some awareness and research dollars to lupus. it’s a disease that destroys many women’s lives (some men, but mostly women). the treatment options are few and are mostly ineffective or dangerous. there is no cure in sight. it could really use some celebrity spotlight pointing.

    • imo says:

      Finally, a productive comment. Thank you!!

    • Christin says:

      I wish that lupus, RA and many other often overlooked (and underestimated) diseases would receive more awareness.

      People think rheumatoid arthritis is ‘just arthritis’, when (like lupus) it can destroy organs. My mother just died from it, as it damaged her lungs (rheumatoid lung disease) with NO outward symptoms of that internal damage. And the medications can cause long term, serious issues.

      • Val says:

        That’s so terrible I’m so sorry Christin.

      • Nicolette says:

        I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom. My condolences to you and your family.

      • Christin says:

        Thank you for your kind words. I really do wish someone would step up and shine a light on the many insidious diseases that can attack the body so viciously, yet with so little understanding from the medical community and the public.

      • tigerlily says:

        Condolences Christin on the loss of your mom. I was diagnosed with RA five years ago and am on a drug that is also used for chemo (methotrexate). Of course it is at a much lower dose than when used to treat cancer but not fun all the same.

        It is a horrid disease, I am a private person and did not disclose my condition to many people at work and got a rep for being a “slacker” because I am exhausted most of the time and therefore not as productive as I used to be. I look pretty normal apart from the 20+ lb I have gained from taking prednisone but most days I feel like $hit. I have to say though that methotrexate has helped but if I could quit taking it I’d be over the moon. Apart from what RA can do to my body, the med could damage my liver.

        I am fortunate I was diagnosed at a time when there are some viable medications but it is scary to know how much damage this disease could do to me. Thanks for shining a light on it.

    • Leen says:

      I agree Friday. My grandmother has lupus and nearly died, and one of my best friends has Lupus at age of 25. It’s really an invisible disease that can destroy a person’s life and I hope Selena brings awareness to such a horrible disease.

      I don’t think anyone would pretend to have lupus. It’s such a horrible and terrible disease.’

      I’ve always liked her even tho I’ve never been a fan of her music or acting.

    • SamusAran says:

      I agree with this. Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, crohn’s disease (I have it) are all “invisible illnesses” and they are devastating. The autoimmune chronic illnesses without cures like the ones I mentioned above need more attention and research for CURES, not just more and more drugs being developed to trap us and keep us dependent on big pharma. =/

  8. whipmyhair says:

    Good for her, taking a break from social media while undergoing chemotherapy. Taking the time to focus on herself and her health; not her image.

    I’m glad she’s recovered, chemotherapy is a bitch.

  9. Bridget says:

    It says a lot about how far people will go to protect their images that there’s a part of me that reads this and thinks “oh really?” especially since Selena is one of the most highly managed and produced artists out there. I truly hope she’s healthy and happy and that I’m just being a jerk being skeptical about this.

    • Friday says:

      if she were faking, then she’d pick something curable. right? chemo just alleviates some symptoms of lupus. she’s most likely going to be dealing with this for the rest of her life.

      • Bridget says:

        The cynic in me says not really. She wouldn’t be the first Disney kid to have a lot of issues, and an ongoing illness provides a ready made reason for any absences, rehab trips, etc. Like it or not, “Selena Gomez” as we see her is a constructed image, and I just find myself having difficulty knowing where the image stops and where the reality begins.

    • ladysussex says:

      The problem is, lots of people are jerks about this! I have lupus, which so far mainly manifests itself with joint inflammation and kidney problems. Corticosteriods used for treatment lower your immune system, and so I was often sick and in pain, and trying to work. Coworkers often sniggered and accused me of being a “hypochondriac”. And my doctors suggested I try a gluten free diet to see if it helped to reduce inflammation so I could lessen my use of steroids. Guess what? It did! Avoding gluten really helps reduce the amount and frequency of inflammation in my body, for whatever reason. And now I have to deal with the eye-rolls and lectures from people who want to tell me that gluten free diets are just a fad.

    • Eva says:

      I have to agree I am sceptical, which is terrible if it is true. However, I am really struggling to buy this story. To me it seems her good girl image took a big hit in recent years when it appeared she was spiralling out of control with the drinking, partying and public meltdowns (even recently there were some picture of her in which her pupils were HUGE), and this is all in aid of image rehabilitation- no pun intended.

  10. vauvert says:

    I wish her well. Dealing with chronic illness sucks.
    I also hope that the lesson she takes from that horrible experience of being ripped apart by online trolls is that you can live your life offline. If you didn’t share the story of your sickness and treatment then – which good for you, it’s your life, you choose how much to share – then please apply the same to bikini selfies and whatever else. Make no mistake Selena, whatever you put out there in public is going to get dissected and criticized. You can opt out of it, out of Twitter and Instagram and so on. Nobody is forcing you to take part and engage. Unlike reality tv celebs who do nothing but pose for pics, you can actually have a real career so just do that. And don’t depend on others to help protect you – hanging out with Swifty sounds cool and if I were a twenty something youngster I would probably enjoy it too, but just because you post pics of a group now – baking cookies or playing with cats or whatever does mean you will be safe from criticism. Just sayin’…

  11. Wishing I had to money to move to New Zealand says:

    “Can you imagine being under all that public scrutiny while dealing with a terrible health crisis at the age of 21?”…this could be said for all young celebrities.. They are all scrutinized from a young age and when they “act out” all of a sudden there out of control instead of being place in the young and dumb category where most of us have been through except we never had the whole world watching..but people pick and choose which person gets a oh their young and still learning pass (Selena/Taylor) and which person gets stones thrown at them for being not the the perfect role model so you must be something your not attention seeking a-holes(Miley/Justin)

    • perplexed says:

      “this could be said for all young celebrities”

      Yeah, that’s what I was thinking. There are so many of them too. If you’re in the entertainment industry, you’re more likely to get famous at 21 than 41.

      Princess Diana was probably one of the most famous people in the world at 21 so every other famous person’s scrutiny seems kind of paltry to me by comparison (which is why George Clooney’s press conference about the paparazzi after her death was funny to me. You’re not as famous as Princess Diana, George!). Prince George is 2 and more famous than Selena Gomez and Mark Zuckerberg was really young when he became famous for Facebook, so….idk…I feel sympathy for the health crisis but in terms of the fame situation itself, I don’t think her situation is necessarily unusual for a celebrity (which is why they’re called celebrities).

    • Luca76 says:

      Both of you glossed over he second half of the sentence.

      WHILE DEALING WITH A HEALTH CRISIS!!!
      *yes I’m yelling*

      most people haven’t dealt with that kind of issue at 40 no less 21 regardless of their fame level, I can’t imagine being under a microscope while going through chemotherapy and so she does get sympathy from me.

      *sheesh*

      • Val says:

        For real though! Thank you!

      • perplexed says:

        I did mention I have sympathy for the health crisis.

        But the fame itself, in isolation, that she has is not as all-encompassing as what other celebrities have had to contend with (i.e Julia Roberts at 21) , and that was what I was trying to stress. The fame in isolation isn’t that strong on this one — maybe she’s really famous among teenagers, but I don’t see adults falling all over themselves to express interest in her. And she seems to be lamenting the scrutiny of the bikini photos, which doesn’t have much to do with her health diagnosis, than the lupus itself. She seems to be feeling more annoyance that her body got criticized than that she had a life-altering illness, which I do find a little strange, if I’m honest.

        “most people haven’t dealt with that kind of issue at 40 no less 21 regardless of their fame level”

        I think health issues are very common today. Anyone suffering gets my sympathy, but it seems that everyone I meet nowadays is getting a cancer diagnosis. I don’t know what is up with the world today, but I don’t think it’s rare. That doesn’t lessen my sympathy for Selena’s actual health crisis, however. But the fame stuff…. I don’t even think she’s THAT famous. She’s well-known, but not famous to the point that I’m bewildered by the scrutiny she might have to go through, especially for someone who looks to MAINTAIN her fame through Twitter, Instagram, and other forms of social media. Take away the intense self-promotion that goes into those activities, and she’s really not that famous. The majority of her fame comes from her trying to get people to look at her through social media rather than people taking an innate interest in her. Take away the social media, and her fame could drop easily and the scrutiny would be much less intense. The social media type of scrutinized fame she has is more or less self-imposed.

        I also think other celebrities tend to suffer from health issues, but they manifest in other ways (i.e eating disorders, depression, etc.) though I acknowledge that chemotherapy is extremely harsh as I have seen people go through it.

      • Luca76 says:

        @ perplexed if you really know a good amount of 21 year olds that have had chemotherapy I’m really sorry to hear that. I still think you’re glossing over what she went through though. She’s saying that she was criticized not just for her looks (which is common) but for the very symptoms of her illness, and she was undergoing chemotherapy while people were criticizing her looks. Consider that there aren’t any other examples of pop stars that I know or can think of that have gone through something like that I do think it’s an extreme case and the other stuff you too were alluding to is all secondary to the fact that she was real freaking sick and went through a health crisis in a fishbowl. I really am appalled at all the hate she’s getting its pretty disturbing and I say this as someone who barely knows who she is.

      • perplexed says:

        I don’t hate or even dislike her. I think she’s quite pretty, and, honestly, she really doesn’t annoy me. I’m just responding to the original blog post that mentioned how one couldn’t imagine her going through a health crisis and having fame to deal with at the same time. That is all. In terms of the health crisis, I feel sympathetic to her. In terms of the fame issue, I’m meh. That’s not really the same as disliking her. I just don’t feel the EXACT same sentiment as the point made in the blog post.

      • Christin says:

        She’s been dealt a lifelong, probably life-altering diagnosis in her early 20s.

        There are no magic potions to cure lupus. I doubt she has even processed the magnitude of it, so I place her in a different category than other young stars who act up.

      • Leen says:

        I agree Luca, I think people underestimate the emotional impact of having a health crisis. My friend has lupus and when she was diagnosed, the disease heavily affected her emotionally (she would stop even socializing, get very anxious about meeting new people, and very self conscious). She had to go to therapy to deal with all of it. So I wish people wouldn’t underestimate the emotional and mental impact of being diagnosed with a chronic disease. Especially at such a young age.

    • Josefa says:

      It’s rather unfair to compare Selena to Justin. The lart does drag racing, pees on mop buckets, wipes the floor with a national flags, eggs houses, etc. etc. Selena’s biggest crime has been that awful movie with Nat Wolff and wearing a bikini with a few pounds on.

  12. Lama Bean says:

    This information makes her break-up/make-up cycle with Biebs make more sense. When you have so much uncertainty and you are scared you tend to cling to things that are comfortable and certain. I don’t judge her for her Biebs actions anymore.

  13. Daria Morgendorffer says:

    Meh.

    I’m not particularly a fan of Selena’s, as I don’t think I’ve ever even heard any song she’s sung or any other work she’s done, but I do feel sorry for her. I can’t imagine dealing with the scrutiny celebs deal with today. Some kids want to be famous when they grow up, I wouldn’t wish fame on my worst enemy. I don’t understand why anyone would want it.

    As for her lupus diagnosis, I’m sorry to hear that. A friend of mine suffered terribly with lupus and ended up taking her own life last year, partly due to the complications of the disease and her failing health. It’s rough.

  14. Nancy says:

    My bff has lupus and it’s no joke, so I have empathy for Selena. What she needs to work on is her self-righteous attitude. The paps and rags come with the profession she chose to be in. Twitter and ig is for all to see….so stop posting pics. It seems so easy to me how these whiners can avoid what they sometimes have created by just living quietly. She gets a pass from me though, having dated that weird boy that the girls obsess over and dealing with lupus, that’s quite a load on her tiny back.

  15. Cindy says:

    I kinda liked this interview *ducks*
    She sounds like she is maturing, even if it is just to vent. And I agree with the other poster who said her response to the Bieber question was classy. I don’t know, maybe I have a soft spot because my daughter loved Wizards of Waverly place…..I truly believe that working from the age of seven would mess with anyone’s head.

  16. Manjit says:

    Maybe I’m becoming a grumpy old fart, but I wish she’d found something more educational to empower her.

  17. Josefa says:

    A lot of people have a particular hate-on for Selena for a reason I can’t firgure out, but I’ve always liked her. I’ve always felt she sounded a lot more mature, grateful and pleasing than most Disney stars. She’s not very talented but I like her music, I love her style and all around she seems like a pretty decent girl.

    And I dont blame her or Demi for feeling empowered after posing naked. I know a few non-famous women who did nude portraits of themselves and said they felt much more confident about their bodies after seeing them portrayed in an artistic way. It’s not like they posed for Playboy, either. Selena’s pic at least is pretty tame and tasteful.

    • Easypeasy123 says:

      The hate for Selena that some of these women have is just bizarre

    • G says:

      Agreed on every point. For some reason I like her, despite the Regrettable Bieber Years. To me she just comes across as a bit more grounded, a bit more reasonable, than many other other young starlets. And you know what, even if she’s not then I still think she’s pretty harmless, certainly no worse than any other. Plus her style lately has been great, so she’s got that going for her.

  18. kimbers says:

    She went to rehab and looks good. Why lie? Because then she’s even more scrutinized with the “is she sober?”

  19. Astrid says:

    Maybe i missed some info along the way. Why wasn’t her diagnosis just revealed instead of veiled rehab? If she has lupus, just put it out there and educate and fund raise. Instead she cries about all the negative comments.

    • perplexed says:

      That’s what I don’t get either. Did her record company tell her that no one would buy her records if she revealed she had lupus? But then she revealed the information anyway… And I know she has the right to tell of her diagnosis in her own time — I just want to know if record company executives influenced her decision. Other celebrities have revealed they have lupus (i.e Nick Cannon?) without repercussions to their career. If she were an extremely private person, I might get it, but since she’s not I guess I don’t get why you wouldn’t just tell the public if the other rumours bothered you (assuming you were going to reveal the info anyway and not keep it to yourself like a very private celeb might).

      • word says:

        I think the record company wanted her to keep it private until a new album was releasing. Record companies are ruthless and want their artists to get as much press as possible.

    • me says:

      I’m wondering the same thing. Why did she not want anyone to know then but is willingly talking about it now (perfect timing as new album is dropping). I feel bad for her, that is tough to deal with. I do hope she’s much better now.

    • meme says:

      same here. there’s no crime in having a disease. she should have just come out and said she has lupus…it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

  20. SG says:

    It’s NOT Lupus. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Carry on!

  21. Sunlily says:

    There’s something about a person who says stuff like, “I’m so fucking nice to everybody, and everyone is so vile to me.” that raises quite a few red flags with me. If you have to constantly tell people how nice you are, instead of having actual receipts for your acts of kindness, methinks you’re not as nice of a person as you think you are. And there’s something disingenuous about announcing you’ve got a serious illness just in time for you to promote another flop album. I’m sorry that’s she young and having to deal with an illness in the public eye, but she isn’t being forced to do this. If the negativity is truly eating away at her soul, how about you get the F*** off of social media! You know, just log off!

    As someone said above, why not use your celebrity to bring awareness to the disease? Anything other than coming off as a crybaby who cannot deal.

  22. HoustonGrl says:

    Illness is very difficult under any circumstances. I think she’s very talented, and I would never want to subject a child to the disney machine the way she was. I’m sure she went through a lot.