Actress and singer Selena Gomez revealed in an Instagram post that she had received a kidney transplant for her lupus in June.
In the post, she revealed that the kidney was donated by her good friend, actress Francia Raisa, writing:
“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
Previously, in August 2016, Gomez had canceled the remaining dates of her tour when complications from her lupus caused her additional anxiety and depression. “It was what I needed to do for my overall health,” she wrote in the new post. “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.”
On Twitter, friends and fans alike are cheering Gomez for being open about her condition. Many consider lupus to be an “invisible illness” due to its often hidden symptoms and how difficult it can be to diagnose.
Gomez is one of many celebrities who’ve come out in recent years as living with invisible illnesses, including fellow singers and lupus survivors Toni Braxton and Kelle Bryan. And just days prior to Gomez’s transplant announcement, Lady Gaga made waves when she announced on Twitterthat she’s living with fibromyalgia, another invisible illness.