Selena Gomez revealed on Instagram that over the summer she had a kidney transplant. The singer and actress shares details on her donor and the surgery, as well as on the effects of lupus, a condition she has been diagnosed with for a few years now.

Before giving the interview for InStyle, in early August, Selena Gomez was pretty absent from the public scene this past summer. In her most recent Instagram post, she shares the story behind her laying low.

“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 starts her message. Then, she revealed why: “So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering”, the Fetish singer confessed.

Gomez revealed that she received the kidney from a close friend of hers, Francia Raisa, with whom she is photographed holding hands in the hospital. “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

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Francia Raisa, 29, is an actress, best known for her role on the TV series The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008 – 2013) and Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006).

25-year-old Selena Gomez used this opportunity to raise awareness on lupus, a condition she revealed she had been diagnosed with in 2015. At the time, the singer had to cancel the tour and enter rehab, which also consisted in chemotherapy.

One year later, in 2016, Gomez cancelled part of her tour again – the concerts in Europe and South America – to seek treatment for a depression and panic attacks she was developing due to lupus.