The singer, who recently wrapped up herRevival world tour, released a statement today to explain to fans that she's decided to take some time off to focus on her health and the unfortunate side effects of lupus diagnosis.
According to her;
"As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways," the 24-year-old told People, who first reported the story. "I've discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges."
She continues, "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.
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."
What yo need to know about LUPUS.
Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.
In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs ("foreign invaders," like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues ("auto" means "self") and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.
Lupus is also a disease of flares (the symptoms worsen and you feel ill) and remissions (the symptoms improve and you feel better.
- It is not contagious, cannot be transferable from person to person through sex or any other means.
- It is not a cancer or related to cancer.
- It is not like or related to HIV/ AIDS
- Women are more likely to have lupus
- Men not so much but they too can have lupus
Some celebrities who are living with the disease are;
Toni Braxton, Nick Cannon, Lady Gaga, Seal, Snoop Dogg’s daughter Cori Broadus,