In August, Gomez canceled the remainder of her Revival tour to focus on her health. She has battled lupus ― an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissue and organs, according to the Mayo Clinic ― for over a year, and thought it was time for a much-needed hiatus.
“As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways. I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges,” Gomez told People at the time. “I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off.
“Thank you to all my fans for your support. You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best. I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.”