Selena Gomez revealed that she had kidney transplant due to battle with Lupus and her actress friend, Francia Raisa donated the kidney.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease with symptoms including body aches, fevers and extreme fatigue – it can also lead to damage of organs like the kidney and heart.
The singer, broke the news by sharing a picture of herself recovering in hospital alongside friend Francia Raisa.
In a lengthy post she explained why she had been absent for most of the summer as she shared a series of pictures of her scars.
She wrote: “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”.
Selena Gomez fans have since stormed social media accounts of the friend who donated her kidney to thank her.