Selena Gomez Taking Time Off to Deal with “Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Depression” Side Effects

Selena Gomez may be at the top of the class in terms of Instagram followers, but her personal life is a very different story, darlings.

I’ve told you that she’s reportedly reeling from her very public Insta spat with ex Justin Bieber, and the fact that JB’s romance with Sofia Richie is rumored to be the real deal–as real as his love for Selena was, in fact.

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So it can’t be coincidence that in the wake of the fight and all these new photos of Justin and Sofia oh so happy together on a variety of vacays, she’s decided to vanish from the spotlight to “focus on her health.” Check out her statement to People magazine:

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.

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.

Methinks this still has a lot to do with Justin.


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And really, who could blame her? If my ex, my one true love who got away, was EVERYWHERE on the Internet/radio/social media/t-shirts, I’d want to crawl in a hole too. Poor Selena. What do you think is really going on beneath the sleek, sexy surface: Is she reeling from her disease or from Bieber fever?