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.
“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.