Selena Gomez announces that she will be taking a break from the music industry to care for her health, PEOPLE reports. The 24-year-old pop star, who is currently in the middle of her Revival World Tour, said in a statement:
“As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways. I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges."
The pop star continues,
“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.”
Selena's tour is set to run through mid-December in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America, but there is confirmation yet if these dates will be rescheduled in the future. But for now, she is focusing on her well-being. Back in May, the singer shared that she will be donating some of the funds from the trek to lupus research.
Below, watch Selena Gomez discuss being a role model in this Fuse interview: