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Selena Gomez reportedly has lupus

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Singer Selena Gomez is taking time off from her busy touring schedule to deal with her lupus. The singer and actress was diagnosed a couple of years ago after a hospital stay.

She had appeared on the, "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," on June 6, 2011 and was later admitted to a hospital complaining of nausea and a severe headache. She stayed in the hospital overnight undergoing tests.

This December 20, Gomez announced that she was canceling the Asian and Australian legs of her world tour to take time off to heal. She has suffered multiple flares recently. It wasn't until December 27 that she announced that she has lupus.

A source close to the singer told the Popdust website, "Selena has been going full throttle the past few years and her lupus is really catching up with her right now. She knows that she needs to take some time to address the disease and look after herself better."

Along with the announcement of the canceled tour, Gomez released this statement:

"My fans are so important to me and I would never want to disappoint them. But, it has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years of putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be. To my fans, I sincerely apologize and I hope you guys know how much each and every one of you mean to me."

Lupus is an autoimmune disease which causes a person's own antibodies to attack the person's healthy tissue--organs, skin and joints. This causes inflammation, pain and damage in various parts of the body.

A lupus patient experiences flares where the symptoms worsen and remissions where the symptoms improve. There is no cure and the cause is not known. Over five million people suffer from lupus around the world.

Gomez shot to fame when she debuted as the character Gianna in "Barney & Friends." She went on to appear in several films and television programs, including "Kids 3-D: Game Over," "Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire," and Disney programs, "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody" and "Hannah Montana."

She continued acting and formed the band, Selena Gomez & the Scene which garnered three hit albums with a couple of hit dance singles, including, "Love You Like A Love Song," which went quadruple platinum.

After that, she announced that she would be taking a break from her music to concentrate more on her acting career. However, in October, 2012, she confirmed that she was working on her first solo album, "Kiss & Tell."

Her, "Stars Dance" album was released in July of this year and spawned the two hit singles, "Come & Get It" and "Slow Dance."

The singer is involved in various charities and one would assume that she might just add a lupus organization to her list.

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