Selena Gomez Cancels ‘Revival Tour’ Due To Depression, Anxiety & Panic Attacks

Mike Wass | August 30, 2016 6:22 pm
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Selena Gomez has canceled all remaining dates of the Revival World Tour, and taken the rest of 2016 off, to focus on her health. “As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways,” the pop star told People in an exclusive statement today (August 30). “I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges.” In order to combat these issues, the 24-year-old has decided to take an extended break and cancel all existing promotional obligations.

“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 continued. “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. I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.” This could explain Selena’s out-of-character behavior of late, which included an expletive-filled Twitter rant and heated Instagram exchange with ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber.

The Revival World Tour was to resume on September 3 in Paradise, Canada and then continue until the end of the year with a lengthy European leg and South American dates. All in all, Selena will cancel 34 shows. The “Hands To Myself” hitmaker’s mental health break is also expected to effect the rollout of 6th album (3rd without The Scene), which she had already begun to promote with snippets via SnapChat, and promotion for her starring role in James Franco’s In Dubious Battle. Hopefully, Selena feels better soon. Pop is a much less interesting place without her.

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