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Louise McQuade

Selena Gomez opens up about mental health

Singer Selena Gomez has cancelled the rest of her world tour.	 	Photo: JStone/Shutterstock.com

Singer Selena Gomez has cancelled the rest of her world tour. Photo: JStone/Shutterstock.com

Selena Gomez has cancelled the remainder of her World Tour and is taking some time off to deal with panic attacks, anxiety and depression.

The singer revealed that her mental health problems are a side effect of a diagnosis of lupus, a disease which affects the body’s immune system for which she underwent chemotherapy in 2013.

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“As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways,” she said.

“I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges.”

Addressing her fans directly she also added, “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.”

And who, really, can fault her for doing exactly that?

It’s important to always prioritise your health and well-being and unwise to try and power through something if your mind and body are telling you to slow down.

Considering the media driven world today’s stars live in, it’s incredibly brave of Selena to take her personal battle public and explain her reasons for needing time off.

“I know I am not alone, and by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues,” she said.

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Selena was due to play the 3 Arena in Dublin this November which has been cancelled.

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PRESIDENT Barack Obama will hold a one-day festival in the grounds of the White House next month.

The President and his wife Michelle Obama both spoke at SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas back in March.

Inspired by the festival, the Obama’s will now hold their own version on October 3 called ‘South by South Lawn’.

The event will provide a similar experience to SXSW in showcasing music, film and discussions. It will be interesting to see what acts/performers are invited to entertain the White House.

Belfast band Plerasure Beach are among the performers at the Moira Calling festival.

Belfast band Plerasure Beach are among the performers at the Moira Calling festival.

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BEFORE Belfast band Pleasure Beach had played in front of a crowd, their debut single ‘Go’ was earning them the kind of attention that most new bands dream of. Drawing many comparisons to Arcade Fire confirms how well received their early releases have been.

They’ve been busy all summer playing at events such as The Galway Arts Festival, Secret Garden Party and Belsonic (supporting Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds) and have also recently been added to the line-up at this weekend’s Moira Calling.

This week they have just announced a supporting slot with Bell X1 at St Columbs Hall, Derry on Saturday, November 5.

This local band have made huge strides already in their short career, go check them out for free on Spotify or Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/pleasurebeachband.

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