After Suffering from Panic Attacks, Anxiety, and Depression, Selena Gomez Announces That She's Taking Time Off

"I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness."

Selena Gomez
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Selena Gomez announced she will be taking time off from her career to prioritize wellness following Lupus-related symptoms during her Revival World Tour.

"I've discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges," the 24 year-old told People (opens in new tab). "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."

Gomez took a similar break last year (opens in new tab), but reported feeling healthy and confident after having a round of chemotherapy to battle the autoimmune disorder.

In addition to her statement, the Marie Claire June 2016 (opens in new tab) cover star also said she hopes her focus on physical and mental health will encourage others to do the same.

Feel better soon, Sel.

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Simedar Jackson is an esthetician, content creator, and lover of sci-fi fiction living in Brooklyn, New York. She is passionate about creating space for Black and Brown people in the beauty and wellness industries by providing access to culturally nuanced education and services that meet their needs. You can find them doing their skincare routine, reminding friends to reapply SPF, and watching reruns of Love Island.