Selena Gomez, the Disney Channel actress-turned-singer, is arguably the most famous young adult in Hollywood and the music industry. She is the most followed person on Instagram, with over a staggering 126 million followers. On Thursday morning, Gomez took to her Instagram platform to announce why she’s been under the radar this summer.
The “Queen of Instagram” revealed that she recently had to have a kidney transplant. The 25-year-old has Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease.
While Gomez released an album earlier this summer, to fans it appeared as though she was not trying to promote it. The star addressed her absence in her post.
She said, “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 for my overall health.”
Gomez posted a photo of her before surgery with her longtime friend, actress Francia Raisa. Francia donated her kidney to Selena.
She said, “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.”
Gomez concluded her post saying that she wanted to thank her family and doctors for their support throughout the process. She also included a link to the Lupus Research Alliance and said that the disease “continues to be very misunderstood.”
We are thankful that the surgery went well for Selena and that her amazing friend was able to step up in this big way.
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