Ellen said she was shocked to read Selena’s Billboard interview and learn she was suffering from the auto-immune disease.
Selena said she was diagnosed three years ago in 2012. “It was just very complicated and something I didn’t understand and it was something I wanted to keep private, until my life, suddenly, wasn’t private,” she explained.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body, from skin and joints to vital organs like your liver, kidneys and lungs, according to the Lupus Foundation of America.
The disease is believed to have genetic origins and strikes mostly women between the ages of 15 and 44. Symptoms can come and go and vary. In the most severe cases, sufferers are treated with chemotherapy drugs that also are used to fight cancer.
Although supposedly a secret, lupus was fairly widely reported to be the reason for the abrupt cancellation of the Southeast Asian leg of her tour in Dec. 2013. At the time, her management team cited “exhaustion.”
But her claim that she underwent chemotherapy to treat her affliction, was eye-opening. “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,” she told Billboard magazine.
Selena didn’t elaborate on her treatment and Ellen didn’t ask. But Selena assured the audience to cheers that she is currently in remission.
She looked in top form when she took the stage to perform her new song. She wore a white pants and jacket over a bra top and included a vibrant dance routine.
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