Late this afternoon in a surprise announcement, Selena Gomez informed her fans that she will be taking time off to focus on her health. The singer released an exclusive statement to PEOPLE citing “anxiety, panic attacks and depression” as a few of the recent side effects from her lupus that has forced her to become “proactive and focus on maintaining” her health.
While the singer has not released a statement regarding the official cancellation of the “Revival Tour” tour dates have been removed from the singer’s website.
“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,” she wrote in her statement.
A source tells PEOPLE that the singer’s break has nothing to do with any type of alcohol or substance abuse. Rather, Selena is just not feeling like herself.
Rumors have swirled during Selena’s world tour that she might be struggling with some unidentified personal situation. In late May, reports surfaced of the singer crying during a concert in Montreal, but that was chalked up to an interaction with fans. Then, in July, while on stage at a concert in Jakarta on her birthday, Selena was captured in some fan video footage seeming to break down before a performance of “Kill Em With Kindness.”
The next day, rumors increased as Selena published a rambling and at times cryptic post revealing that she was feeling “unauthentic” and “unconnected,” at a time when she also received backlash on social media for statements that attempted to defend friend Taylor Swift.
With the remaining tour dates no longer listed and the “Revival Tour” seemingly over, this could possibly leave DNCE to join Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato on the “Future Now Tour” or work on the full album release that the band continues to push back.
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(Photo credit: Selena Gomez Instagram account)