Singer blames lupus as November concert in the UAE is pulled
Time Out Dubai staff
UAE concert organiser 117Live has announced the cancellation of Selena Gomez’s November 18 performance at Dubai’s Autism Rocks Arena, citing health concerns stemming from the condition lupus. The American singer, who has recently completed a world tour, first revealed she had been diagnosed with the autoimmune disease in 2015.
“As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways,” the 24-year-old said in a statement released by 117Live. “I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges.
“I want to proactive and focus on maintain 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.”
Thomas Ovesen, CEO of 117Live, said of the cancellation: “Touring can a gruelling exercise for many artists and when dealing with an illness like Lupus even more so, hence we understand Selena's need to take care of her health and therefore also why she will have to postpone her much anticipated Dubai concert.
“Fans can look forward to a lot of other great shows at our Autism Rocks Arena this and the following seasons and we look forward to announcing a new date with Selena Gomez whenever possible."
Stay close to Time Out Dubai for all the latest on a new date for the performer and further concert announcements from 117Live.