Selena Gomez, Billboard

Zoey Grossman for Billboard Magazine

Selena Gomez just dropped a bombshell.

The young singer broke her silence on her lupus diagnosis during an interview with Billboard magazine for their Oct. 17 issue, and also revealed that she's been keeping an even bigger secret—she went through chemotherapy.

"I was diagnosed with lupus, and I've been through chemotherapy. That's what my break was really about. I could've had a stroke," Gomez tells the magazine of her time spent out of the spotlight, which caused a flurry of speculation as to what was keeping her away.

"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," she recalled.

Selena Gomez, Billboard

Billboard

Gomez is now back and better than ever, with her highly anticipated album Revival coming out in just a few days. Her breakout single "Good For You" and recent track "Same Old Love" quickly drew fans and suggested that the singer is venturing into a new sound.

The 23-year-old explains to Billboard that she's been channeling her frustrations and anger into the music, and is ready to make this all about her.

"I'm so f--king nice to everybody, and everyone is so vile to me. I've been working since I was 7. I've been a UNICEF ambassador since I was 17. It's so disappointing that I've become a tabloid story," Gomez said. But she credits her critics as a driving force for this album: "The hate motivated me."

And, no, this has nothing to do with her famous ex Justin Bieber. "No. This is my time. I've deserved this. I earned it. This is all me."

The celeb also just recently revealed that she's going on a Revival tour! In a video posted to Instagram, Gomez said that the the tour will begin in May with stops throughout the United States and Canada and then later in the year, they will pick the show up and move it abroad. The specific tour dates are set to release to soon. 

The full cover story will be released Oct. 8.

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