Selena Gomez has found her voice, and she's finally setting the record straight.
Time away from the spotlight is usually a good thing, but in a new interview with Billboard, Gomez shared some surprising news with the public. The 23-year-old singer and actress disclosed that she received chemotherapy after her Lupus diagnosis. There was much speculation about Gomez's unexplained hiatus and whether she was battling addiction. Despite all the rumors, the young starlet chose to keep her illness a secret until she was ready to talk about it.
"I was diagnosed with lupus, and I've been through chemotherapy," Gomez divulged. "That's what my break was really about. I could've had a stroke." Although her time away from the spotlight was much needed for health reasons, it wasn't easy for Gomez to deal with the public's scrutiny. "I wanted so badly to say, 'You guys have no idea. I'm in chemotherapy. You're a––holes.' I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”
Things are finally looking up for Gomez now. Her highly anticipated new album Revival will be released on October 9th, and the young star explained how she turned her haters into a source of inspiration. "I'm so f–––ing 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," said Gomez. "It's so disappointing that I've become a tabloid story. That hate motivated me."
Last week, she posted an announcement about her forthcoming tour on Instagram. Gomez also released the music video for “Same Old Love” yesterday.
In the Billboard interview, Gomez decidedly spoke about her trust issues within the entertainment industry and the people who keep her grounded. “Taylor makes me feel empowered, like I can trust new people,” she said of her longtime friend, Taylor Swift. Gomez believes that Swift's infamous and ever-present squad is “so dope” and that such strong female friendships have helped her break out of her shell. Both Gomez and Swift have remained very close over the years, and they do an excellent job of documenting their bonding time on social media. “We ran around taking pictures, changing dresses, dancing — super-cliche girly stuff, but it rocked. The way she cares about women is so adamant. It’s pulling me out of my shell.”
Although Justin Bieber is experiencing a similar maturation with his music style, Gomez insists that her success has nothing to do with her ex-boyfriend. "No. This is my time. I’ve deserved this. I earned it. This is all me."
Check out Gomez's beautiful Billboard cover below.