Selena Gomez Opens Up About Heading to Rehab for Lupus

Zoey Grossman
Selena Gomez photographed in Beverly Hills on Aug. 31, 2015.

In Billboard's current cover story, Selena Gomez gets candid about a number of issues -- including her health.

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Earlier this year, Gomez checked herself into an Arizona rehab facility, setting off a string of tabloid rumors. For the first time, Gomez is opening up about the real reason she needed treatment -- and it's far from what the gossip sites said.

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“I was diagnosed with [autoimmune disease] lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke," she said. “I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re assholes.' But I was angry I even felt the need to say that. It’s awful walking into a restaurant and having the whole room look at you, knowing what they’re saying. I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”

Read Gomez's full Billboard cover story here.