Selena Gomez confirmed Thursday morning on Instagram that she had received a kidney transplant from her friend Francia Raisa.
"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," Gomez wrote. "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."
Gomez said she is looking forward to sharing her journey over the past several months with her fans, "as I have always wanted to do." She thanked her "incredible team of doctors."
"And finally," Gomez said, "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."
Gomez said that lupus "continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made." She urged fans to visit the Lupus Research Alliance website for more information.
One of Selena Gomez's best friends has given her the gift of life.
According to The Blast, Gomez received a kidney transplant earlier this summer after her friend Francia Raisa discovered she was a perfect match for the surgery.
The famous singer announced in 2015 she was diagnosed with lupus. She took a break the following year from her world tour to address some of the complications related to the autoimmune disease.
She announced she underwent chemotherapy as part of her treatment.
Her family wasn't coming back as a match for the life-saving procedure, but Raisa - an actress also in the entertainment industry - was able to step in to help.
The Blast reports Gomez successfully recovered, and has been attending events at New York Fashion Week to promote a new handbag for Coach.