Most people recognize Selena Gomez from her Disney debut on Wizards of Waverly Place in 2007, or her subsequent music career. Although she rose to the spotlight during recent years, Gomez has actually been working since age seven. A decade later she became a United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) ambassador. Think about that – working from the age that most of us are learning to read fluently, and becoming a role model at seventeen, when many haven’t even graduated high school. Suffice to say she’s never had a typical life, and that kind of fame opens you up to immense scrutiny.
Just three short days ago Selena Gomez announced in an interview with Billboard Magazine that she was diagnosed with Lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which she will have for the rest of her life. When she was diagnosed in December 2013, Gomez cancelled the later segments of her Stars Dance Tour and checked herself into a treatment center in Arizona. The Meadows center specializes in treating addiction and trauma. However, Gomez emphasized to her fans that it was her choice and that she needed time for herself.