Last summer, Selena Gomez reveled that she underwent a life-saving kidney transplant due to her battle with lupus.
In a new interview with W, Gomez’s best friend — and kidney donor— Francia Raisa, revealed that the three-hour surgery nearly killed the singer.
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
“Recovery was hard,” The Grown-ish actress told the magazine. “I didn’t want to eat, I didn’t want to drink anything. Selena did have a complication, too. A few hours after our surgery, I woke up and had a text from her that said, ‘I’m really scared.’ My kidney was very active, and when it turned I broke an artery. They had to take her into emergency surgery and get a vein from her leg and build a new artery to keep my kidney in place. She could have died.”
The “Wolves” singer publicly spoke about her lupus for the first time in 2015, after leaving the spotlight to focus on her health. She told Billboard, “I was diagnosed with [autoimmune disease] lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke.”
Gomez, who was most recently spotted at Justin Bieber’s father’s wedding, has been busy over the last year. She was one of the producers of the hit Netlifx Show 13 Reasons Why, and is still working on her third solo album, the follow-up to 2015’s Revival. Last month, she told Harpers Bazaar that she is working on gaining her confidence back. “My next album has been forever in the making. When people ask me why, I’m honest about it: It’s because I haven’t been ready,” Gomez said. “If that takes 10 years, then it takes 10 years. I don’t care. Right now I just want to be super intentional with all of the things I’m doing.”