Selena Gomez has revealed she has lupus.
The 23-year-old opened up about battling the autoimmune disease nearly two years after initial reports emerged that she had been diagnosed.
“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy,” Gomez told Billboard. “That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke.”
The singer canceled the Asian and Australian leg of her Stars Dance tour in late 2013 and early 2014. Not long after that, Gomez entered treatment at Dawn at The Meadows recovery facility for “emotional issues” and “partying,” but not for substance abuse, her rep maintained, which many rumors suggested.
During that time, Gomez also underwent chemotherapy, and said she resented the addiction rumors.
“I wanted so badly to say, ‘you guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re assholes,'” she said. “I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”
She also touched on her body image issues, talking about when she was slammed online after posting a picture of herself in a bikini.
“That was the first time I’d experienced body shaming like that,” she said. “I believed some of the words they were saying.”