It appears that Selena Gomez has decided to put her health first, and that means that she will be taking a break from her music and touring for a while. She suffers from lupus and with that diagnosis comes many symptoms along with it. The singer announced on Tuesday that because she has been experiencing panic attacks, anxiety, and bouts of depression, she is unable to put her focus on her career as a musician. Instead she told People that she will be focusing on herself in order to deal with the issues that she has been experiencing lately.

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Even celebrities need to put health first

Gomez has led a high-profile life since her days on the Disney Channel. She quickly became a favorite on the network while she was playing the role of Alex Russo and later when she began her music career. The Love You Like a Love Song singer has also had her on-again, off-again relationship with Justin Bieber over the years and that would certainly give anyone anxiety issues, especially when millions of people are watching every move you make.

A year ago, Selena Gomez said that she was diagnosed with lupus and even had a round of chemo.

While the rumor was that she was MIA because she was in rehab, that rumor was not true at all. The 24-year-old singer had finally let everyone know about her lupus and she is still having to deal with the symptoms that come with it.

What exactly is Lupus?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes symptoms such as swollen joints, major fatigue, and can even cause one to become anemic. There are many other things that can happen when someone has lupus and in Selena’s case, panic attacks, anxiety, and depression are among them.

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It is good that she has decided to put her health above all else. She is young enough to be able to figure out how to deal with it, especially as she leads such a busy and high-profile life.

How Selena fans are reacting to the news

Once they got wind of Selena Gomez having to take the rest of the year off, her fans have sent out very positive and loving messages for the singer.

They are being very understanding and sending out lots of love to their girl. Most are telling her to stay strong and to get well soon.

Gomez also mentioned that she hopes to be able to be an encouragement to other young people to address their own issues that they may be having. She can also bring some awareness to the kind of symptoms that go along with this condition as well.