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After canceling the Australian and Asian leg of her world tour, rumors started swirling about what was really going on with Selena Gomez. While her reps would only say that she was taking “some time for herself,” rumors were swirling that she was either entering rehab for an alleged breakdown or that she was pregnant. Well, if what’s being said is actually true, it is way more serious and potentially life threatening.

According to a source who spoke with the Huffington Post, the singer/actress is suffering from Lupus. Gomez, who is only 21 years old, has reportedly been dealing with the autoimmune disease for two years but has been working and fighting through it.  But reported “Recent flares” have caused her to realize that she needs to take some time off and work on trying to be as healthy as possible.

Back when Gomez was with fellow pop sensation Justin Bieber, there were pictures of her with an extremely swollen face which caused many to believe she was pregnant. However, swelling is actually an effect of Lupus so there is a chance that was the reason for it if she does have the disease.

While Lupus is one of those diseases that is very hard to diagnose or treat, many in the African-American community are very well aware that it affects African-American women harder than any other part of the population.  African-Americans also have a higher rate of heart disease which only adds to the severity of Lupus.

Her reps gave a simple “No comment” reply when asked if Selena Gomez was suffering from Lupus. Whether she is or isn’t, there’s clearly something going on internally and we wish her the best.

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