Selena Gomez Reveals She Had a Kidney Transplant Over the Summer

Her best friend stepped in, and the photos will make you cry.

Selena Gomez has been extremely open about her battle with Lupus—but she just revealed that she had an under-the-radar kidney transplant this summer, thanks to the help of her best friend.

"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," she explains in the Instagram below. "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."

Selena went on to thank her family and doctors, and gave her friend and fellow actor Francia Raisa a special shoutout for undertaking the huge physical and emotional task of donating a kidney:

"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."

Huge love to Selena.


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Mehera Bonner
Entertainment Editor

Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.