Selena Gomez was diagnosed with Lupus – an autoimmune disease – in 2014. Late last August, she reportedly checked in to a rehabilitation center in Tennessee to deal with health issues related to the illness.
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The pop star told her numerous fans before the break that she was taking an indefinite leave from music for health reasons, and begged for their understanding. In her words: “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.”
She added: “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.”
On 8 October, media reports claimed the 24-year-old was seen with fans in Alcoa, Tennessee while dining at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant with her mother and stepfather.
A report from E! Online confirmed she was seen by many eyewitnesses. “She enjoyed herself and was there for a late lunch,” one eyewitness shared with us. “She couldn’t have been more gracious to everyone and to the fans and was more than happy to take pictures with whoever.”
A report from the Us Weekly reveals that Selena has been staying at a “private”, “quiet” and “very intense” treatment facility outside Nashville. The pop star is suffering from anxiety, panic attacks, and depression which are side effects of the autoimmune disease Lupus.
“Selena is dealing with lupus, but this break is to focus on her mental health,” one insider tells the magazine. “She can go to a very dark place.”
The report quotes a representative for the family as saying “the former Disney star is in a better place emotionally after spending time with her family”.
On Sunday (09Oct16), she was also seen enjoying breakfast with her grandparents at the Riverstone Restaurant in Townsend, Tennessee, where she appeared to be in good spirits.
“She was laughing a lot with them while she was eating,” an eyewitness claims. “She seemed happy and relaxed.”