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Selena Gomez reveals that she has Lupus

​The last few months had been extremely difficult for Selena Gomez as she had tried to keep her health issues a secret.

The US singer recently broke her silence in an interview published in the October issue of Billboard magazine, revealing that she had been diagnosed with Lupus earlier this year and that was why she had to take a break from work for a few months.

E! Online reported that Gomez, 23, even went through chemotherapy during her break.

She told Billboard Magazine: "I was diagnosed with lupus, and I've been through chemotherapy.

"That's what my break was really about. I could have had a stroke."

"I wanted so badly to say, 'You guys have no idea. I'm in chemotherapy. You're a*******.'"

Gomez was referring to the speculation by the US media over her break, which ran the gamut of her perhaps wanting to leave showbiz for good.

"I'm so nice to everybody, and everyone is so vile to me. I've been working since I was seven.

"I've been a UNICEF ambassador since I was 17.

It's so disappointing that I've become a tabloid story.

"I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again."

According to MTV, Gomez said that she has channeled her anger and frustrations into the songs for her upcoming album because "the hate motivated me".

Her album, titled Revival, features singles like Good For You and Same Old Love, will be released in the next few days.

She will be going on a Revival tour next May in the US and Canada. Later in the year, she will take the show overseas.

She told Billboard: "This is my time.

"I deserved this. I earned it. This is all me."

Here are other celebs who have struggled with illnesses which they kept private until they decided to reveal them to the public.

1. Prince

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The pop icon has suffered from seizures since he was a child.

In 2009, he opened up about his epilepsy in an interview on US public broadcaster, PBS.

2. Toni Braxton

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The R&B singer was diagnosed with Lupus when she was 15 and had an uncle die from the disease.

Till today, she has managed the disease well and remains positive about it

3. Alec Baldwin

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A few years ago, he decided to share his secret with the world.

The Hollywood actor suffers from chronic Lyme disease, an infectious disease caused by a bacteria which can lead to joint pains, severe headaches, neck stiffness, heart palpitations or the loss of the ability to move one or both sides of the face.

Source: Billboard Magazine, E! Online, MTV

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