Selena Gomez and Francia Raisa. (Instagram / selenagomez)
Selena Gomez has revealed she underwent a secret a kidney transplant over the summer to help in her fight against Lupus.
The 25-year-old singer also revealed the donor was her best friend Francia Raisa, who she called ‘sister’ in a touching Instagram post, while praising her for ‘the ultimate gift and sacrifice’.
‘I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much,’ she wrote.
Alongside the message she shared a picture of herself and Ms Raisa laying side-by-side in hospital beds while clutching hands.
Candid: Selena Gomez has revealed she underwent a secret kidney transplant over the summer due to her battle with Lupus in a heartfelt Instagram post she shared on Thursday
Detailing her story: The singer, 25, shared three photographs alongside her emotional statement, including one of her from her hospital bed and another of her surgery scar
‘She gave me the ultimate gift’: Selena paid tribute to her friend Francia Raisa and claimed she is ‘incredibly blessed’, as her pal had been the one to donate her kidney
She also posted two other photos, including one of her surgical scar.
In an emotional statement, the former Disney star 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.
‘Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made.’
Francia Raisa is a 29-year-old model and actress from Los Angeles, who is the daughter of radio personality Renan Coello.
Honest: The former Disney starlet shared her gratitude via the photo-sharing site following the surgery that has left her with a scar across the right hand side of her stomach
The former Disney star was pictured in New York City yesterday before she shared news about her condition in an Instagram post
She has been friends with Selena since 2008, and has paid tribute to their bond in past Instagram posts.
In one from 2016, uploaded on as Selena turned 24, she wrote: ‘I am obsessed with every memory we’ve built in the last 8 years and the ones we have yet to create.
‘I am so grateful that God put you in my life when he did… I learn so much from you and I’m so so so proud of you.’
Francia made her acting debut in 2005 in an episode of action show Over There – and made her film debut in the 2006 film Bring It On: All or Nothing.
She has also appeared on the US show The Secret Life of the American Teenager – and in 2017 had a role in the critically acclaimed Netflix show, Dear White People.
Selena then added a link to the Lupus Research Alliance website, in the hope her followers would look into the condition.
The star has been vocal about her battle with the autoimmune disease, putting her money where her mouth is in May 2016 as she announced plans to donate proceeds from ticket sales of her Revival tour to Alliance for Lupus Research.
However, just months later, she was forced to pull out of the international tour due to health concerns.
Selena previously had to cancel her Stars Dance tour in 2013 in order to undergo chemotherapy treatment for the chronic inflammatory disease.
It wasn’t until October 2015 that she spoke out for the first time about her struggles with the disease, sharing details of her chemotherapy with Billboard in an interview.
When Selena announced she was cancelling the Asian and Australian leg of her tour, sources claimed she may have Lupus, while others suggested she had issues with addiction.
Francia, 29, a model and actress from Los Angeles (left and right), has been friends with Selena since 2008 according to her social media posts
Francia revealed details about her relationship with Selena alongside this image of the pair, which she posted on the singer’s 24th birthday, saying ‘love you so so so much’
‘I wanted so badly to say, “You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re a**holes”,’ she told Billboard. ‘I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.’
Selena revealed that being the subject of relentless gossip while she was going through treatment proved to be hurtful – and subsequently made her angry.
‘I’m so f***ing nice to everybody and everyone is so vile to me,’ she told Billboard. ‘I’ve been working since I was seven. I’ve been a UNICEF ambassador since I was 17. It’s so disappointing that I’ve become a tabloid story.’
Her admission comes after reports recently revealed Selena has moved in with her boyfriend The Weeknd.
The Starboy hitmaker and the inger, who started dating in January, have decided to take their relationship to the next step as it is believed they are living in a lavish apartment in New York City’s Greenwich Village together.
‘They are living in a low-rise luxury building in the heart of the Village. Selena is definitely immersing herself into the nitty gritty of New York,’ a source told Entertainment Tonight.
It is believed the duo’s home boasts almost 12ft-high ceilings, as well as Juliette glass balconies and English kitchens.
The insider explained: ‘Best of all, the master bath is outfitted with his and her vanities, a steam shower and Kohler cast-iron bathtub.’
A separate insider previously said: ‘He has thought about starting a family with Selena at some point down the line.
‘Maybe in a few years. And he has told her that he would want to have a girl because nothing would be better for him then to have a cute little Selena look-alike bouncing around.
‘He’s mentioned to her many times that two of her would always be better than one.’
In 2015 Justin Bieber said he had lived with Gomez when they were teenagers and it was the best time of his life.
The pop star and the Texas beauty were together from 2011 until 2015.
Gomez has been seen in Manhattan for the last few weeks. On Monday she was spotted in a beige trench coat as she filmed a Woody Allen movie.
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