The heart wants what it wants, and Selena Gomez's is fully invested in finding a cure for lupus.
While Gomez, 23, was diagnosed with the disease in 2013, she waited a full two years to reveal that affliction to fans. Forced to undergo a barrage of chemotherapy treatments combating the condition, she missed parts of her '13 "Stars Dance" Tour. Now, the former Disney star is fighting back in a very special way.
Ready to embark on her upcoming "Revival" Tour, Gomez and her team have announced that ticket proceeds will go straight to the Alliance for Lupus Research, according to Billboard. The Alliance works to find better treatments and ultimately prevent and cure the disease.
Of the tour, Gomez told Billboard:
"[It] is so centered around me, and I mean that in a way of confidence, of strength. It has a beautiful feel to it, but it is about me, so if I wanted to come in one day and say I want to change [a song in the show] or add this, I can do that. That’s the first time I’ve ever really been able to do that in my life. And I feel, I feel great about it. It’s not me making sure I hit all the dance moves."
According to the ALR, nine out of ten people who have lupus are women. It affects as many as 1.5 million people in the U.S.
To learn more about lupus and ALR, visit the organization's website here.
To check out Gomez's "Revival" Tour, which runs from May through December, check out its website here.