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Selena Gomez’s lupus and other health issues: Singer opens up in new TODAY interview

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Selena Gomez lives with lupus, one of several health conditions she’s experienced over the years.

The 31-year-old pop star recently opened up about her wellbeing to TODAY’s Hoda Kotb alongside U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy in an interview aired May 2, 2024. The conversation was a part of her makeup line Rare Beauty’s Mental Health Summit on May 1.

“I will always be working on my mental health, and I will always evolve. I’m not better or worse than anyone. I’m simply just a person living and surviving every day,” Gomez said.

“Having to take steps to make yourself healthy takes a lot of work,” she added.

The Disney Channel alum has been candid about what it’s taken to keep herself mentally and physically healthy over the years. Here’s what to know about Gomez’s health.

Gomez was diagnosed with lupus in 2013

Gomez first went public with her health issues when she revealed that she’d been diagnosed with lupus two years prior in a 2015 interview with Billboard. The announcement came after she abruptly ended her 2013 tour to check herself into a rehab center to undergo treatment.

“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke,” she said.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can attack joints, skin, organs and other parts of the body, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. There are four different types of the condition. Gomez has not specified which one she has. Chemotherapy can be used to treat severe forms of the disease.

Symptoms of lupus include muscle and join paint, fever, rashes, chest pain, hair loss, kidney problems, fatigue and more.

When Gomez was receiving treatment, speculation mounted about why she had to cancel her tour. “I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy,’” she told Billboard. “I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”

For many lupus patients, the condition can affect their…

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