8 October, 2015 - NME.com
Pop star Selena Gomez has revealed that she was recently diagnosed with lupus and received chemotherapy for the autoimmune disease.
The singer's health was the subject of media speculation by the press when she cancelled a tour during 2013.
Now, she has told Billboard: "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."
Hitting out at rumours regarding possible substance abuse, Gomez added: "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."
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects the body's immune system, whereby the body becomes hyperactive and attacks its own tissue.
The disease is treated by drugs with chemotherapy helping suppress the action of the immune system.
The star also addressed the criticism of her body by the media.
"I was in a bikini and got publicly ripped for being overweight," she said. "That was the first time I’d experienced body shaming like that. I believed some of the words they were saying."
Gomez added: "I'm so fucking nice to everybody, and everyone is so vile to me. I've been working since I was seven. I’ve been a UNICEF ambassador since I was 17. It's so disappointing that I've become a tabloid story. The hate motivated me."
Gomez's second solo album 'Revival' will be released on Friday (October 9). She parted ways with her former group The Scene in 2012.