Drug addiction rumors swirled in 2014 when “Hands To Myself” singer Selena Gomez entered rehab. It turned out the former Disney star was secretly battling the autoimmune disease lupus. At the same time, her mother, Selly was diagnosed with cancer and treated with chemotherapy during her two-week stay. Gomez opened up about that stressful time during a rare interview with GQ Magazine Thursday.
"First off, this is something that everyone always wants to fixate on. I got diagnosed with lupus. My mom had a very public miscarriage, so I had to cancel my tour. I needed time to just be okay,” the singer, who famously dated Justin Bieber, explained. “And I was going through leukemia, and I went to two different locations for those treatments. It's really frustrating, because I am 100 percent allowed to have that, but I think people just want to have some sort of—" she trailed off, seemingly at a loss for words.
The writer of the article, Zach Baron, noted Gomez probably meant chemotherapy instead of leukemia, but the mistake alarmed fans. As she told Billboard magazine in 2015, Gomez used chemotherapy to treat her lupus. Still, scores of netizens flocked to Twitter to discuss if Gomez had leukemia, in addition to lupus.
Even though the lupus diagnosis means she faces an uphill battle, as long as she remains patient, Gomez is optimistic about the future. "It's slowly dissolving the older I get. And I just have to be patient and make great things with quality, from producing to singing to acting. And one by one, I will be able to change the dialogue, and people won't care about everything that's happened to me,” she said.
Gomez’s grandmother, Mary, was one of the first people to talk about the lupus diagnosis. "Selena is very stressed and concerned about her condition. I am, too," Mary Gomez told Female First in 2014. "She is too busy. She needs to rest. We all want her to get this under control."
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