AceShowbiz - Selena Gomez opened up about a secret surgery she had over the summer. The 25-year-old singer/actress who is battling lupus took it to Instagram to reveal that she went under the knife and received a kidney transplant from her friend Francia Raisa.
According to TMZ, Selena had kidney failure in May. She was reportedly rushed to the hospital when she was in Chicago to support her boyfriend The Weeknd's concert. PEOPLE reported The Weeknd rearranged his concert dates to be by his girlfriend's side.
The Weeknd kicked off his tour in February. He traveled North America and Europe all summer, but only had one date in August. He pulled the plug on his scheduled show on August 26 and was a no-show at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 27.
Selena shared a picture from hospital. The "Fetish" singer and Francia, also an actress, were seen lying on hospital beds side-by-side while holding hands. Two other pictures showed her baring her midriff post-surgery and revealing her scar in the process.
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."
She concluded by raising awareness on lupus, "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."
Francia responded on her own Instagram, "I am beyond grateful that God would trust me with something that not only saved a life, but changed mine in the process. This was part of our story, and we will share it soon, but what is important now is that this is not the only story." She added, "Love you sis, so glad we’re on this journey together."
"The Secret Life of the American Teenager star also shared a picture with Selena from her birthday back in July. "Happy birthday to my sister," she wrote in Spanish and called Selena her "forever friend."
Selena Gomez is now back to work after full recovery. She was recently spotted on the set of Woody Allen's new movie. She was seen kissing co-star Timothee Camalet. The Weeknd has resumed his tour as well. He will stay on the road until mid-December.