Pop star Selena Gomez has revealed she has undergone a kidney transplant in an Instagram post that shows her in hospital beside her friend, who donated the organ.
In the post, shared Thursday night, the Good For You singer said that fans had been wondering why she had been “laying low” over the summer.
“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 said.
The singer also shared images of a post-operative scar on her lower abdomen.
Gomez, who with 126 million Instagram followers is the most-followed person on the social media platform, also revealed that the donor was her longtime friend Francia Raisa, an actress best-known for her role in TV series The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
“There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend,” she said of Rasia.
“She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”
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
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At the time of writing, Gomez’s post had almost six million likes on Instagram.
Gomez’s representatives were not immediately available for comment.
Gomez has topped the US charts on multiple occasions since the release of her first album in 2013, and was regularly the focus of the celebrity press for her relationship with Canadian singer Justin Bieber.
In 2016, she cancelled her Revival world tour last year and went to therapy because she was depressed, anxious and “my self-esteem was shot”.
There are two types of lupus; discoid lupus affects only the skin, while systemic lupus erythematosus harms the skin, joints, kidneys and brain, and may be fatal, according to the US National Kidney Foundation.
“Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can, among other things, affect the kidneys,” Dr. John Torres told US broadcaster NBC,
“If it causes the immune system to attack the kidneys enough they can fail, requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant.”
– With AAP