Selena Gomez has been touring since May to support her new album. Just looking at the Wikipedia page for her Revival tour is making me tired. She performed 16 dates in May, 20 in June, 12 in July and she did seven this month (I guess that’s a “break”). So she’s been going nonstop for some time, and her tour was set to continue with a very grueling schedule through the end of the year. As we heard almost a year ago, Selena has lupus, an autoimmune disorder which can be exacerbated by stress and physical exertion. Selena just announced that she’s taking a break from touring due to depression and anxiety, which are said to be due to her condition. Her people made it clear that this is not related to drug or alcohol use. Here’s the statement from People:
After traveling the world over the last few months for her Revival World Tour, Selena Gomez is taking a break to take care of herself.
“As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways,” the singer and actress, 24, tells PEOPLE exclusively in a statement. “I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges.”
“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,” she continues.
According to Kenneth M. Farber, the co-CEO and co-president of the Lupus Research Alliance, “it is not commonly known that depression, anxiety and panic attacks can be side effects of lupus. We are so proud of Selena for taking care of herself and bringing awareness to this sometimes very misunderstood illness.”
A source close to Gomez tells PEOPLE the break is “absolutely not related to alcohol or substance abuse” and was prompted after she “hadn’t felt like herself” over the last couple of months.
“She decided to clear her calendar for the year in order to have this be her priority for future happiness and didn’t want to leave any promoters at bay,” says the source. “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.”
When a high profile artist like Selena tours, there are hundred if not thousands of jobs at stake and millions of dollars on the line. She couldn’t just say she wanted a break without explaining the reasons why. I think this was a good statement and I hope she’s ok. Personally my depression and anxiety became much better after I quit drinking. Things aren’t perfect but I don’t feel as inadequate and depressed as I used to, and I don’t second guess myself as much. This is just anecdotal and in no way am I saying that my problems were comparable or that Selena has that issue. She has a very serious autoimmune disease and we don’t know what’s going on with her. I hope she gets the rest and relaxation she needs and that she also takes a break from social media. She’s the most followed person on Instagram! That’s got to be a lot of pressure to be constantly connected and “on” like that.
This is the last post that Selena made on Instagram as of publication time. She’s getting so many well wishes from fans.
Selena is shown at the Tokyo airport on 8-1 and on Carpool Karaoke with James Corden. Credit: WENN.com and Instagram