“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy,” Gomez said. “That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke.”
The singer announced she would be taking time off to deal with issues stemming from her condition in 2016.
“I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of Lupus, which can present their own challenges,” Gomez said at the time in a statement to CNN. “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.”
She also used her acceptance speech for favorite female pop/rock artist at the American Music Awards that year to address the mental health issues she’s struggled with.
“I kept it all together enough to where I would never let you down but I kept it too much together to where I let myself down,” Gomez said. “If you are broken you do not have to stay broken.”
Her best friend and fellow actress Francia Raisa served as a donor for Gomez to have a kidney transplant last year.
Gomez said the transplant was “what I needed to do for my overall health” and she thanked Raisa in an Instagram posting showing the two of them holding hands across their hospital beds.
“She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me,” Gomez said. “I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”