Selena Gomez kept her lupus diagnosis to herself for quite some time after finding out that she had the autoimmune disease. While we, her fans and the media, were among the last to find out about her illness, her close friends and family privately knew about her medical problems – but they surprisingly weren't the very first people to hear her diagnosis either.
In a new interview with GQ, Selena revealed that she actually spilled her truth while at a children's hospital for a charity event, because a young kid struggling with an illness of his own couldn't relate to her.
"There was this kid that wouldn’t look me in the eye at all," she said. "I wear my emotions on my face, as you just have witnessed. And I don’t care, that’s who I am. I wanted to get his attention, even though maybe it was too much. So I just said, ‘Ask me anything you want.’ And he was the first person that I told, besides my best friend and family, because he asked me, ‘Have you ever dealt with anything like this?’ And I said, ‘I have lupus. I was in the ICU for two and a half weeks. I was in this exact same room.’ And it was the first time that he looked at me."
We're proud of Selena for bravely sharing her story.
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