Selena Gomez may be trying to pin her latest bout of personal problems on her ongoing battle with Lupus, but insiders are crying foul.
The newly (again) rehabbed singer, despite what she tells the public regarding her health, “is full of s--t,” according to a source close to her.
“It is terrible that she has Lupus,” says the insider, speaking to Radar Online, “but she is using this as an excuse for everything lately."
"The truth is that she is just a mess right now."
“She's been feeling completely alone lately.”
Lupus, for the uninformed, a chronic inflammatory disease occurring when the body’s immune system attacks its own organs and tissues.
Selena's battle with Lupus is well documented, but whether or not it has anything to do with her obvious struggles this year is debatable.
The murder of Christina Grimmie, her close friend, in June reportedly threw her for a loop, as it did many close to The Voice standout.
In Gomez's case, though, it took a major toll.
The shooting in Orlando reportedly sent her “spiraling” into drug abuse, something she is sadly familiar with during periods of her past.
She's yet to emerge from that spiral, in fact.
An insider revealed that Gomez had begun using a potentially deadly prescription cocktail of “Lunesta, Ambien, Klonopin and Xanax.”
Fortunately, her friends and family were able to get through to her, staging desperate intervention and getting her checked into rehab.
“Everyone close to her is worried because she seems to be back to old behavior,” said the source of Gomez, who also went to rehab in 2014.
The announcement that Gomez is taking time off due to anxiety and panic attacks came earlier this week, with Lupus cited as a factor.
"As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways," Gomez said.
"I've discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges."
Gomez has been traveling for on her Revival world tour over the past couple of months, and clearly on the verge of a mental breakdown.
The 24-year-old's statement continued:
"I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off."
"Thank you to all my fans for your support."
"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."
"I know I am not alone by sharing this," she concluded, and "I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.”
Gomez's camp insists that the decision to take time off and focus on her health has nothing at all to do with substance abuse.
Whatever the reason, there's little doubt that the oft-troubled singer-actress hasn't been feeling like herself since the summer began.
One Gomez source spun it as thus:
"She decided to clear her calendar for the year [so this is] her priority for future happiness and didn't want to leave any promoters at bay."
"[Selena] feels relieved that she can now make more sense of why she was feeling the way she was and is optimistic about the future."
Hopefully it helps her, whatever it is that ails her, because we don't need to see her breaking down on stage like a basket case anymore.
We just want her to get well, and soon.
The sooner Selena can return to her talented self and start doing her thing - and not mixing it up with that douche Justin - the better.