Selena Gomez has made the shock revelation that she’s undergone a kidney transplant.
The 25-year-old performer broke the news by sharing a picture on Instagram of herself in a hospital bed, revealing her battle with Lupus had led her best friend Francia Raisa (Bring It On: All or Nothing and The Secret Life of the American Teenager) to donate an organ.
In 2015, Selena was diagnosed with lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease where your immune system attacks your organs.
In a lengthy post, she explained why she had been absent for most of the summer as she shared a series of pictures of her scars.
I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith
She thanked her family and doctors and especially her friend, Francia Raisa, who gave up one of her kidneys to her friend Selena Gomez. “I am incredibly blessed,” she said. “I love you so much sis.”
I went through heartbreak this year and you left the studio and drove out of your way to come see me and comfort me. I received good news last month and you facetimed me minutes before you went up on stage just to congratulate me. There are so many moments we have and things you do that I cherish and don't take for granted. Wether its crying, laughing, or simply sitting on my kitchen floor throwing our hands up in the air confused at life, I'm thankful you're always there. I am obsessed with every memory we've built in the last 8 years and the ones we have yet to create. I am so grateful that God put you in my life when he did. If you think about the time that we met and where we were in our lives when we first hung out, his timing was perfect. It's been so inspiring watching you grow and to grow with you. I learn so much from you and I'm so so so proud of you. Happy Birthday Hermana. Love you so so so much @selenagomez