Selena Gomez recently revealed she has Lupus.
The 23 year old singer has opened up for the first time about undergoing chemotherapy for the autoimmune disease.
In an interview with Billboard magazine earlier this month, the young star, also known for her high profile relationship with Justin Bieber, spoke about the difficulties in living with the condition, whilst in the spotlight.
Selena revealed the frustrations she felt when her ill health resulted in cancelled appearances and performance dates in 2013, which sparked rumours of her concealing a drug addiction and being secretly admitted to rehab.
"I wanted to say- You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re a**holes!"
Lupus is a disease that can affect almost any part of the body, most common for impacting on the joints, skin, kidneys, heart and lungs.
“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could have had a stroke", she told the magazine.
There is currently no cure for the disease, but the comfortability of the sufferer can be improved by a range of medication and treatments including chemotherapy. Where the treatment aims to reduce inflammation and suppress an overractive immune system. Symptoms of the disease include fatigue, joint pain and skin irritation and outbreaks.
Grammy-Award winner, Toni Braxton, is also a lupus sufferer and speaks openly about the many challenges she encounters, living with the disease, on her family reality show 'The Braxtons'. Toni serves on the board of Lupus LA, and told Huffington post earlier this year, "Some days I can't balance it all. I just have to lay in bed".
She likens living with the disease, to feeling like you have the flu everyday, and admits that it becomes extremely "challenging" when work comes into play and she has to fight through the illness with a smile.
The Lupus foundation of America estimate that approximately 1.5 million Americans, and at least five million people worldwide, have a form of lupus.