Update: Selena Gomez Cancels International Shows

Loyal legions of Selena Gomez faithful had the proverbial bomb dropped on them yesterday that the songstress will be taking time off from her “Revival” tour to focus on her health, leaving her performance schedule up in the air.

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Philips Arena, Atlanta, Ga.

The news came in the form of a statement released to People magazine.  

“As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways … I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges,” she said in the statement.

“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, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.”

What this means for the promoters and venues that had her set to perform is still not completely clear. The language in her statement and outside sources cited by People indicate she may not perform another show for the rest of 2016, and venues are officially starting to cancel.

Promoter David Carver Music replaced its website with a statement that refund information regarding AtlanticFest 2016 events in Paradise and Moncton, Canada, Sept. 3-4, at which Gomez was set to headline, will be announced Sept. 6, indicating the shows are off.

Gomez will also no longer be appearing at the  in New York Sept. 24. That show will still feature the likes of MetallicaRihannaKendrick LamarMajor LazerEddie Vedder and Yandel though.

European venues are also starting to announce cancellations, including Stockholm, Sweden Oct. 12; Oslo, Norway Oct. 13; Frederiksberg, Denmark Oct. 15; Zurich, Switzerland Oct. 29; and Dublin, Ireland Nov. 8.

This is not the first time Gomez’s battle with lupus has forced her to miss international shows. In 2013 she had to axe dates in Asia and Australia, but it wouldn’t be until the next year that she would reveal it was because she was undergoing life-saving chemotherapy treatment for her lupus.

Specific information about her potentially canceled tour is still fairly hard to come by, but SelenaGomez.com is her official site. She is also the most followed person on Instagram, though if you care, you are probably already one of the 97 million following her.