Selena Gomez Reveals She Is Recovering from a Kidney Transplant – and Her Best Friend Was the Donor!

The singer explained why she quietly stepped back again from her career over the summer.

Selena Gomez has been given the gift of life from 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. 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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The 25-year-old singer revealed that the reason she quietly stepped back from her career over the summer was because she was recovering from a kidney transplant.

“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,” Gomez captioned the Instagram post. “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.”

The “Hands to Myself” singer also shared that the donor was her longtime pal Francia Raisa, an actress best known on her behalf role in The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Gomez shared a picture of the friends keeping hands using their medical center mattresses as well as photographs of her abdomen following a surgery.

“There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa,” said Gomez. “She gave me the ultimate gift idea and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”

Within an October 2015 interview with Billboard, Gomez exposed that she was identified as having lupus and was undergoing chemotherapy for the autoimmune disease.

In August 2016, Gomez took a profession break after experiencing “anxiety, anxiety attacks and depression” credited to her lupus diagnosis.

“As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in several ways. I’ve uncovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges,” she said within an exclusive declaration to PEOPLE.

“I want to be proactive and give attention to maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off. Thank you to all my fans for your support. You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best. I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues.”

Gomez told Billboard in Dec 2016 that she went open public with her diagnosis because she wished to be an advocate for the condition.

“I waited for the right time to talk about it because I am in a great place, and I’m very healthy,” she said. “I’m not trying to be loud about it: It was time to use my platform to help.”

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