Selena Gomez [VIDEO] caused her fans to worry when she suddenly disappeared from the music scene to take some time off from touring and performing last year. The singer personally confirmed that her lupus diagnosis had prompted her to take a temporary hiatus from the limelight.

She even explained her current condition and revealed the side effects of lupus which include panic attacks, anxiety, and depression. After her diagnosis, the singer-actress thought she needed to focus on maintaining her health and happiness which she could achieve by taking a break from her promotional activities.

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Singer diagnosed with lupus

Hence, the former Disney star confirmed her temporary hiatus and reassured her fans that she was taking that time off to recover from the illness.

Selena Gomez also thanked her supporters for their constant support and understanding of her decisions.

The "Hands To Myself" artist also encouraged those who are suffering from lupus to seek medical help. An affiliate of the singer has also clarified that the diagnosis has nothing to do with alcohol or substance abuse. “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,” it explained.

During a speech at the 2016 American Music Awards, Selena Gomez delivered a powerful message about her struggles with mental health issues. The "Same Old Love" artist admitted she felt "absolutely broken inside" despite the fame and recognition.

"I kept it all together enough to where I would never let you down but I kept it too much together to where I let myself down," she confessed.

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Selena received kidney transplant after lupus diagnosis

A year after she opened up about her health condition, the 25-year-old singer shocked her 126 million Instagram followers when she revealed that she had undergone Kidney Transplant due to lupus which prevented her from promoting her new music.

Selena Gomez explained that she needed the kidney transplant for her overall recovery from the disease. Fortunately, the singer-actress received the ultimate gift from her best friend, Francia Raisa, who donated her kidney to her.

She also thanked her family and doctors for helping her on her journey to recovery. "Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made," she concluded her post.

The heartfelt letter was uploaded along with photos from her kidney transplant operation.