Just days after Selena Gomez announced the cancellation of her ‘Revival World Tour’ because of health reasons, rumours of her death surfaced on the social media, with #RIPSelena trending on Twitter for the last two days.
Fans have taken to the social media platform to tweet about the news, with there being more than 40 thousand tweets and retweets within a few hours. The tweets represented the shock and confusion that the fans went through after the rumours of Selena Gomez death broke.
“it’s not funny when people trend this. Imagine someone trending this about your idol and the mini heart attack you have,” wrote another fan on Twitter.
However, it was later discovered that it was a mere case of mistaken identity and the trending hashtag was meant for the late singer Selena Quintanilla and not Selena Gomez. According to a report by Health Aim, the “Kill Em With Kindness” singer is very much alive and dealing with her mental and physical health.
Selena Quintanilla, also known as the ‘Queen of Tejano Music,’ was a Latina singer who is responsible for making the song ‘Dreaming of You’ popular. She was shot dead on 31st March, 1995, by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of Selena fan club. The hashtag was created to honor the late singer.
However, the confusion was quickly pointed out by the fans of the late Selena Quintanilla on Twitter.
“#RIPSelena is for Selena Quintanilla people, I know this is a really sad time to see this tag, yet it has nothing to do with out dear Selena,” clarified a Twitter user.
“#RIPSelena we’re talking about Quintanilla, NOT GOMEZ. CALM DOWN!” tweeted another user.
Earlier this month, Gomez announced that she will be taking a break and cancelled her ‘Revival World Tour’ citing health issues as a result of Lupus. According to the singer, the illness has affected her mental health as well.
“As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways,” she was quoted as saying by the People magazine. “I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges.”
Ahe added, “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.”
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