Selena Gomez’s new album, “Revival,” has garnered glowing reviews after its recent release. Gomez also announced her “Revival” world tour on the “Today Show” Oct. 12.
Selena said Revival is an anthem for her renewed self-confidence after undergoing chemotherapy for lupus and being brutally fat-shamed for gaining weight.
In 2013, tabloid reports claimed Gomez had entered rehab for drug addiction after she canceled the Asian and Australian legs of her world tour for undisclosed reasons.
Selena, who was diagnosed with lupus several years ago, now reveals she took the break to get chemotherapy for the autoimmune disease lupus, Celebrity Health Fitness reported.
“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy,” said Gomez.” That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke.”
Symptoms of lupus include chronic fatigue, joint pain, headaches and fever. Selena was furious that tabloids ran stories claimed she took the break to treat her alleged alcoholism and drug addiction.
“I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re *ssholes,'” said Gomez, who’s the new rep for Pantene shampoos and conditioners. “I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”
Adding to the firestorm were fat-shaming trolls, who mocked Selena for gaining weight. Gomez admitted she had gained a few pounds, but was happy with her body at any weight.
Gomez said she used all the hate directed at her as motivation. “The hate motivated me,” said Selena.
Gomez is now fitter than ever after her recent weight loss. Selena said the cruel fat-shaming remarks inspired Revival, which she says is an anthem for her newfound self-confidence.