As the summer went on, you might have noticed that Selena Gomez got out of the spotlight.
Yesterday on Instagram, she announced the reason.
“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 said. “So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering.”
Gomez, who in 2015 publicly revealed that she is battling Lupus, said she needed a new organ to improve her “overall health.” While she didn’t want to go into too many details, she wrote, “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.”
The singer admitted “there aren’t enough words” to properly thank her “beautiful friend,” 29-year-old Secret Life of the American Teenager star 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,” the “Fetish” singer wrote. “Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made.”
More than 100,000 Americans are waiting for a life-saving transplant, and many of them, like Selena Gomez are pressed to look for living donors because there simply isn’t enough time.
If you would like to become a registered organ donor, please register here.
Source: E! OnlinePhoto source: Instagram