Selena Gomez seeking professional treatment for her emotional wellbeing
Selena Gomez is putting her health first. The 24-year-old has entered rehab during a scheduled break of her Revival tour, according to Us Weekly. It comes after Selena announced in August that she would be cancelling 34 tour dates to deal with "anxiety, panic attacks and depression" – side effects of her lupus diagnosis.
"Selena is dealing with lupus, but this break is to focus on her mental health. She can go to a very dark place," a source told the publication, adding that the star is in a facility just outside Nashville which is a "private and quiet place" but also "super intense".
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Selena Gomez is seeking treatment for her emotional health
Selena was pictured for the first time since August in Tennessee at the weekend. Multiple eyewitnesses confirmed that she stopped by the Texas Roadhouse in Alcoa on Saturday afternoon for a meal.
"She enjoyed herself and was there for a late lunch," one witness told E! News. "She couldn't have been more gracious to everyone and to the fans and was more than happy to take pictures with whomever."
Selena released a statement in August explaining her decision to take a break. "As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways," she told her fans. "I've discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of Lupus, which can present their own challenges.
The star previously cancelled 34 tour dates to deal with "anxiety, panic attacks and depression"
"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.
"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."
Selena – who is currently the most-followed person on Instagram – has been open about her battle with autoimmune disease lupus since 2014. Its symptoms range from mild to life-threatening and include extreme tiredness, rashes (especially on the face, wrists and hands), joint pain and swelling.