Selena Gomez has assured fans that she’s “very healthy” amid her battle with lupus, but admits she’s still “uncomfortable” discussing her condition openly.
The 23-year-old star was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease lupus three years ago, but only revealed her secret publicly in October.
Speaking about her decision to speak openly, she told the December issue of Billboard magazine that it was still something she was still getting used to.
“It has been overwhelming and the response has been very supportive, which is nice—but it still makes me a little uncomfortable,” she said.
“I waited for the right time to talk about it because I am in a great place and I’m very healthy. I’m not trying to be loud about it: It was time to use my platform to help.”
The star admitted her fight with the condition had led to her spending two weeks at a treatment centre in January 2014
At the time, there had been rumours she was there for substance abuse issues and Selena confessed it had been frustrating to hear the speculation knowing the truth.
“I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re a********,’” she said earlier this year.
“I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”
Selena has recently released new album Revival and after growing up in the spotlight, she admits the last few years have been about self-discovery.
Discussing body-shaming in a recent interview with InStyle magazine , the brunette said she’d been devastated when beach photos of her had been widely criticized.
Talking about being being hit with hurtful comments on social media following snaps of her in a skimpy bikini, she told the magazine: “It hurt my feelings because I never experienced that before, but I didn’t want [that] to be the story, so I said, ‘I don’t care what you think!’
“I’m learning that you can be comfortable and still look beautiful…some days, I like what I see. Other days I’m like, ‘I’m not even going to bother.’”