Selena Gomez has been open about her struggles with lupus and with her latest Instagram post she proudly shared the scars from her kidney transplant from 2017. The 28-year-old singer/actress modeled a blue one-piece with a front-zip closure from La’Mariette, a swimwear line created by her longtime friend Theresa Marie Mingus. The singer has a lot to celebrate after being named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential people and releasing a celebrated new makeup line, Rare Beauty. But fans are now celebrating her for being so open and vulnerable after she shared the image.
“When I got my kidney transplant, I remember it being very difficult at first showing my scar,” Gomez wrote in the caption. “I didn’t want it to be in photos, so I wore things that would cover it up. Now, more than ever, I feel confident in who I am and what I went through…and I’m proud of that. Congratulations on what you’re doing for women, launching @lamariette whose message is just that…all bodies are beautiful.”
The “Lose You to Love Me” singer’s best friend and Grown-ish actress Francia Raísa volunteered to donate a kidney to Gomez in 2017. She later discussed details of the nearly fatal health scare post-surgery for Gomez.
“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 she turned, she broke an artery,” Raísa told W magazine. “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.”
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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
Despite the hardships with her health and previous relationship with Justin Bieber , Gomez recently told Rolling Stone that she no longer wants people to see her as “just sad and hurt” following her Rare album, which came out January of this year. “I wanted people to know that I experienced something real and that part of me is over,” she said. “It felt like [the material] was really, really strong, and I was very happy about it. I think that becoming more involved than I ever have been [in the making of the album] helped me gain confidence and empowered me completely.”