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Months ago, a source close to Selena Gomez revealed the 21-year-old’s secret battle with lupus to In Touch. And now, her grandfather—Ricardo Gomez Sr.—confirms she’s battling the autoimmune disease.
“She’s in treatment. She’s getting along pretty good,” he says, adding his granddaughter was diagnosed “a couple of years ago” but her symptoms are currently under control.
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Lupus is a chronic, inflammatory disease that occurs when one’s body attacks its own tissues and organs.
Ricardo says the pressure from not only her Hollywood career but also her relationship with Justin Bieber exacerbated her symptoms.
“She was working a lot. She was exhausted. She hardly takes some time out. There was some pressure, first because it’s a lot of work… she was worried a lot about Justin,” he says.
“The doctor was telling her she needs to take some time out. It’s just too much pressure what she’s going through. It’s just too much! She doesn’t have a single day’s break… It’s getting to the point with all this pressure … that it’s too much.”
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While the 21-year-old’s symptoms are currently under control, Sel’s grandfather worries she won’t get the rest she so desperately needs.
“What worries [us] more is that she doesn’t know how to say no. She won’t take time for herself to relax, to eat well,” Ricardo tells Radar.