Selena Gomez had her kidney transplant

Selena Gomez right in hospital with her friend and donor actress Francia Raisa

The "Same Old Love" singer received the organ earlier this summer from actress best friend Francia Raísa after she qualified as a ideal match. At some point, Gomez was the recipient of a kidney transplant, and has been steadily recovering.

"There aren't words to describe how I can possibly thank my handsome friend Francia Raisa", Gomez wrote in the Instagram post.

She also said she looks forward to sharing the story of her journey of the past few months with her fans and thanked her family and doctors. She posted a photo of her and her friend Francia Raisa in adjacent hospital beds holding hands, disclosing that Raisa was her kidney donor.

Gomez wrote, "There aren't words to describe how I can thank my lovely friend Francia Raisa..."

"I am incredibly blessed", Gomez said on Instagram. "I kept it together enough to where I'd never let you down but I kept it too much together".

And while lupus and the extent of the disease is mischaracterized and misunderstood, Gomez's latest Instagram post about her health is helping contextualize and bring more awareness to the disease.

Selena Gomez had her kidney transplant
Selena Gomez had her kidney transplant

But it seems that Selena has been keeping her struggle a secret for a long time.

The 25-year-old revealed this morning that the reason why she didn't promote her new music as much as she had in the past was because she was quietly recovering from the major surgery.

Selena first shared that she had been battling Lupus in an interview with Billboard in 2015.

Gomez saved the best thank you for last, praising her friend Francia Raisa for giving her a kidney.

It seems that many of her followers had been questioning why they hadn't seen her for much of the summer, and she made a decision to open up about what had been going on behind the scenes.

Thanking her fans for their well wishes, Gomez pointed them towards the Lupus Research Alliance website for more information. You might recognise her actually. Anxiety, panic attacks and depression are also side effects of lupus, which explains why the star has sought treatment for mental health disorders in the past.

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