Selena Gomez revealed that she had a secret kidney transplant related to lupus.
In an Instagram post, Selena Gomez says her friend France Raisa donated an organ to her and says she wanted to explain why fans haven’t heard much from her, even though new music is coming out.
She wrote: “And so I realized that I needed a kidney transplant because of my lupus, and I was recovering.
“I had to do this for my overall health.”
Selena Gomez also thanked France Raisa: “There are no words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend France Raisa.
“She gave me the best gift and sacrifice by giving me her kidney. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much, sister. “
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Selena Gomez has released the first single from her new untitled album, It’s not me starring Kigo, in March.
Bad Liar and Fetish have been out since, but she hasn’t been out to promote the songs because of her surgery.
Her first public appearance since recovering from surgery was in New York with boyfriend The Weeknd last Friday night.
Last year, she also took a break on social media to deal with panic attacks, anxiety and depression.
The 25-year-old says her ongoing mental health problems are a side effect of her diagnosis of lupus last year.
Lupus affects the body’s immune system.
Symptoms of the disease include severe fatigue, rashes (especially on the face, wrists and hands), joint pain and swelling.
In her post, Selena Gomez says that not enough is known about the condition: “Lupus is still very misunderstood, but progress is being made.”