The singer, whose brief stint in rehab in early 2014 spawned rumors of substance abuse and relationship troubles, told Billboard that the real reason she took a break was because she was diagnosed with Lupus. She told the magazine:
“I was diagnosed with Lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke. I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re assholes.’ I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”
She says she hates being the victim of the tabloids, especially when she makes it a point to be nice to everyone, but that her fans keep her going.