Selena Gomez Reveals She Had a Kidney Transplant – and her Best Friend was the Donor
Selena Gomez has been given the gift of life from her best friend.
25-year-old singer Selena Gomez reveals that she had a kidney transplant. This had been the reason she quietly stepped back from her career over the summer.
“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,” Gomez captioned the Instagram post. “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.” She added.
The Disney child star also shared that the donor was her bestfriend Francia Raisa, an actress best known for her role in The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
Selena Gomez shared a photo of her and her friend holding hands from their hospital beds as they smiled and stared into each other’s eyes. She also shared photos of her stomach following the surgery.
“There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa,” said Gomez. “She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”
In an October 2015 interview with Billboard, Selena Gomez revealed that she was diagnosed with lupus and was undergoing treatment for the autoimmune disease. In August 2016, Gomez took a career break after suffering from “anxiety, panic attacks and depression” due to her lupus diagnosis.