Amid rumors that Selena Gomez has entered a rehabilitation center for depression and anxiety caused by her battle with lupus, Michael B. Jordan has stepped forward to offer a few words of encouragement.
“Everybody comes to terms with it in their own time and she’s finally taking the time to deal with it and address it,” the Creed actor, whose mother Donna also suffers from the chronic autoimmune disease, tells Entertainment Tonight. “My advice would be, ‘Stay optimistic, don’t succumb to how you feel in the moment — because it will pass and get better — and surround yourself with positive people.'”
“She’s a really good friend and we’ve talked and had conversations,” he continues. “She’s a really, really strong woman, so I can’t imagine her not conquering it just like she has everything else.”
Earlier this year, Gomez canceled the rest of her Revival Tour and announced that she would be taking a break to focus on her health.
“I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges,” she said in a 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.”