It has been a rough couple of years for the singer, actress, and fashion designer. She has been battling many changes that have affected her family, love life, health and career. This week she decided to reveal her secret to the world.
In an exclusive interview with Billboard magazine, she said, “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.”
There were so many speculations about her checking into rehab, thinking it was for a drug addiction. People didn’t understand what she was battling, nobody knew, and everybody was tearing her down, calling her fat and saying she was going down hill. She recalled, “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.”
Gomez also commented, “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 credits her critics as a driving force for this album: “The hate motivated me.”
On Friday she interviewed with Ellen DeGeneres on her show The Ellen DeGeneres Show she further explains why she kept her secret for so long saying “I think it was just very complicated because I didn’t understand and then that was something that I did want to keep private until my whole life suddenly wasn’t private”
Revival dropped today featuring A$AP Rocky on one of her tracks. Her identity has been hard to find through everything with her personal life, that including her love life with Just Bieber. This album has allowed her to focus on herself and grow independently.