Selena Gomez sat down with Billboard and the young singer broke her silence on her lupus diagnosis, and also revealed that she’s been keeping an even bigger secret—she went through chemotherapy.
“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke,” Gomez tells the magazine of her time spent out of the spotlight, which caused a flurry of speculation as to what was keeping her away.
“I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re assholes.’ I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again,” she recalled.
The 23-year-old explains to Billboard that she’s been channeling her frustrations and anger into the music, and is ready to make this all about her.
“I’m so f–king nice to everybody, and everyone is so vile to me. I’ve been working since I was 7. I’ve been a UNICEF ambassador since I was 17. It’s so disappointing that I’ve become a tabloid story,” Gomez said. But she credits her critics as a driving force for this album: “The hate motivated me.”
And, no, this has nothing to do with her famous ex Justin Bieber. “No. This is my time. I’ve deserved this. I earned it. This is all me.”