Singer Selena Gomez has returned to rehab during her tour break to “focus on her mental health.”
The pop star has been recovering at a Tennessee treatment facility since announcing on Aug. 30 that she was taking a break to manage “anxiety, panic attacks and depression,” according to Us.
The Hands to Myself singer cancelled 34 remaining dates on her Revival world tour and announced she’s taking “time off” of music, effective immediately, to deal with lupus symptoms.
“Selena is dealing with lupus, but this break is to focus on her mental health,” a source close to the pop star tells Us. “She can go to a very dark place.”
The insider also describes the facility, just outside of Nashville, as a “private and quiet place,” but “super intense.”
The former Disney Channel star went to rehab in 2014 in an Arizona facility, one year after being diagnosed with the chronic autoimmune disease.
Gomez has been completely silent on social media following her Aug. 30 statement.
“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,” she said in the statement. “Thank you to all my fans for your support. 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. I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.”
Fans recently spotted the 24-year-old singer on Oct. 8 at a Texas Roadhouse in Tennessee.
“She enjoyed herself and was there for a late lunch,” someone at the restaurant told E!. “She couldn’t have been more gracious to everyone and to the fans and was more than happy to take pictures with whoever.”
The following day, the actress was seen having breakfast with her grandparents at Riverstone Restaurant in Townsend, Tennessee.
Gomez received praise from actress Hilary Duff after cancelling her tour to focus on her health, saying: “I think the saving grace is she makes great music. Tons of people love her… the public is smart to gossip magazines and that they’re just trying to make money. At the end of the day they love those people and they love their music.”
“I think it’s hard. I just feel for them,” the former Lizzie McGuire star said when asked about her thoughts on today’s stars. “God, how do I answer that? It was just a different time for me. When I was just coming onto the scene, it was when all the gossip and stuff started. But now it’s such an extreme level and there’s such a focus on personal life. It must really be a tough struggle. I feel it, and I’m not dealing with it on the level they’re dealing with it.”
Lupus is a chronic inflammatory condition that can impact any part of the body, including the skin, joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, and nervous system. It is one of the most common autoimmune diseases, and afflicted people can display a wide variety of symptoms, including the ones described by Gomez.
It’s an unpredictable lifelong condition that typically affects young women between 18 and 40 years of age. Currently, there is no cure for lupus, but there are ways to manage symptoms and alleviate distress.
Gomez has been keeping journals throughout this hard time and hopes to turn what she’s written into songs once she’s ready to get back in the studio.
With files from Chris Jancelewicz