Selena Gomez has announced she will be taking break from her career to deal with anxiety, panic attacks and depression, brought on by lupus. The 24-year-old is currently in the middle of her ‘Revival’ world tour and did not give a timeline for when her break would start or end.

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In a statement to People Gomez said: "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,” she continued.

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“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.”

Last year Gomez revealed her lupus diagnosis to Billboard and said she had undergone chemotherapy to treat the disease. "I was diagnosed with lupus, and I've been through chemotherapy," Gomez told the magazine.

"That's what my break was really about. I could've had a stroke. I wanted so badly to say, 'You guys have no idea. I'm in chemotherapy. You're assholes.' I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”

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Earlier this month Gomez called out her ex Justin Bieber on Instagram, after he complained about fans who had left mean comments about rumoured new girlfriend Sofia Ritchie.

Gomez had told her ex: “'If you can't handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol - it should be special between you two only. Don't be mad at your fans. They love you (sic).’' She later apologised for getting involved on Snapchat, telling fans her comments were “selfish and pointless”.