Written by Melanie Burton, August 31, 2016

Selena Gomez has announced that she’s taking time off from her music to focus on her health, as she struggles to deal with her condition lupus.

She revealed on Tuesday that she’s been experiencing side effects from the disease, which  include panic attacks and depression.

“As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus. I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges,” she said in a statement to People. 

My whole life. You matter most. Thank you for letting me do what I love every day.

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“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.”

Sel has been on her Revival World Tour for almost four months now, and it was meant to run until December, but she hasn’t revealed whether the dates will be rescheduled or not.

Kenneth M. Farber, the co-CEO and co-president of the Lupus Research Alliance, told People that, “it is not commonly known that depression, anxiety and panic attacks can be side effects of lupus. We are so proud of Selena for taking care of herself and bringing awareness to this sometimes very misunderstood illness.”

Selena opens up to Ellen about her lupus diagnosis

Get better soon Sel!

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