In a revealing new interview with Billboard, Selena Gomez opens up about the 2013 hiatus from music that had some wondering whether or not the teen star was suffering from substance abuse. “I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy,” she said. “That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke.” If you don’t remember, Gomez encountered endless accusations in 2014 when she checked into a facility. “I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re assholes.’ I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”
Selena’s lupus is in now in remission. “I’ve been through stuff and I think that it’s been able to test me as a person,” she said. Watch Selena’s behind the scenes video and full interview over at Billboard. Selena’s new album Revival drops tomorrow.