After canceling the Asia and Australia dates for her Stars Dance tour earlier this month, Selena Gomez told fans that after many years of "putting work first" it was clear she needed to "spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be." 

According to a report out of, the 21-year-old star is suffering from lupus, the same chronic autoimmune disease that entertainer Nik Cannon was diagnosed with in early 2012

“Selena has been going full-throttle the past few years, and her lupus is really catching up with her right now,” a source told the site, revealing that Gomez was diagnosed a few years ago. “She knows that she needs to take some time to address the disease and look after herself better if she wants to live a full and healthy life.”

While we certainly hope Gomez does not have lupus (a rep for the singer replied with "no comment"), those who have the disease say that while it can be debilitating, taking time to rest and discover how to manage the symptoms can make a world of difference. For Cannon, who launched his own healthy living web series in the months after his diagnosis, that meant a complete shift in lifestyle — from diet to exercise. 

"[I workout] first thing in the morning," Cannon told MNN's Gerri Miller. "That really gets my energy going all day. I am in the best shape I have ever been in. I haven't had any salt, red meat, fast food, just chicken and fish. I've been juicing a lot and eating organic raw vegetables. I feel so great. I don't wake up tired."

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Report: Selena Gomez taking time off to battle lupus
Reports are swirling that the pop star is suffering from the chronic autoimmune disease lupus.