After her kidney transplant, Selena Gomez has decided to step back into the spotlight to highlight the importance of giving back during WE Day.
In an event that took place back in April, the singer told the audience, “You are focusing on making the world a more hopeful place and you encourage me and all of my friends to do the same.”
“As maybe some of you know, I had a kidney transplant this year and so many people from across the country reached out and they offered their support. And others told me how hearing my story helped them find their own courage and helped other people want to get involved and donate. They reminded me how lucky I am to have a platform where I can share with you guys and I can pay the love forward,” the 25-year-old added.
The Wolves hitmaker has opted to move out of Los Angeles and to remove herself from anything that leaves her feeling stressed. The Spring Breakers star told Good Morning America, “Honestly, I’ve just kind of stepped back a bit. I’m enjoying my life. I don’t really think about anything that causes me stress anymore, which is really nice. I don’t even live in Los Angeles anymore. I don’t pay attention to trying to get people to like me as much.”
Francia Raisa, Selena’s friend who gave her a kidney revealed that Selena was “so scared she might die” when she had her kidney transplant. Francia said, “I remember getting a text message from Selena saying, ’I’m so scared I might die,’ and I was like, ’What?’. That’s when she got the complication where the kidney turned and broke an artery and she had to go back in and they actually had to take a vein out of her leg and build a wall around her artery.”
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
The duo kept the surgery a secret until Selena took to social media in September.