Selena Gomez Is Taking Time Off to “Focus on Her Health and Happiness”

SELENA GOMEZ is putting herself on hiatus, so she can take some time to “focus on her health and happiness.”

She says , “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.”

Now, I know what you’re thinking . . . could this be a COVER for something else that’s going on behind the scenes?  Well, “People” magazine doesn’t think so.

A source says, quote, “[It’s] absolutely not related to alcohol or substance abuse, [she just] hadn’t felt like herself over the last couple of months.”

Selena didn’t say how long her break will be . . . but supposedly, she’s cleared her calendar for the rest of the year.  She also took a break back in 2013, and secretly underwent chemotherapy as part of her lupus treatment.