A week 以前 Selena Gomez cancelled the Australian and Asian leg of her tour, saying she needed to spend some time on herself.
Now it has been claimed the reason she pulled out of the gigs is because she is suffering from an illness called Lupus. (A spokesperson for the singer had no 评论 when contacted 由 MailOnline on Friday.)
Website Popdust reports sources close to the 21-year-old singer as saying she was diagnosed with the condition 'a couple of years ago' and that it has recently flared up again.
Lupus refers to a collection of autoimmune diseases; it causes the body's immune system to attack normal healthy cells and the impacts can be wide-ranging, effecting joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, the heart, and lungs.
Symptoms include facial swelling, fatigue, headaches and joint pain. It can also be fatal, particularly if the it attacks the cardiovascular system.
Other 名人 with the condition include Seal, Nick 大炮, 加农炮 and Toni Braxton - Michael Jackson also suffered with it.
One Gomez 来源 told Popdust: 'Selena has been going full throttle the past few years and her Lupus is really catching up with her right now.
'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.'
Lupus is an incurable condition; sufferers commonly experience 'flares' followed 由 periods of remission.
It is far 更多 prevalent in women than men and can be treated with medication to manage the flare-ups. Around 80-90 per cent of sufferers can expect to live a normal lifespan, according to the Lupus Foundation Of America
Gomez was due to visit countries including Australia, China, 日本 and the Philippines on her Stars Dance tour 下一个 year, but a week 以前 cancelled the entire slate of shows to reflect and 'be the best person I can be'.
The full statement read: 'My 粉丝 are so important to me and I would never want to disappoint them. But it has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years of putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be. To my fans, I sincerely apologize and I hope 你 guys know how much each and every one of 你 mean to me.'
The Asian leg of the tour - in support of her latest album, Stars Dance - was due to touch down in Tokyo, Japan, on January 16, followed 由 dates in China, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore.
Selena also booked five dates in Australia in February, visiting Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.
The songstress completed the US leg of her jaunt in Michigan on November 26.
She has spent 圣诞节 relaxing with her family in California.