“Fetish” singer Selena Gomez has just unveiled in a shocking Instagram post that she had a kidney transplant, which she required because of her battle with lupus. That happened during summer when she was laying low, and now we all know exactly why.

The 25-year-old actress got the new organ from one of her best friends, also The Secret Life of the American Teenager alum, Francia Raisa. She has always been open about struggling with lupus over the past few years, but this summer it got so bad that she had to have the transplant done.

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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

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The heartbreaking Instagram post shows Selena laying on a hospital bed with tubes stuck into her hands, and Francia, who also posted a heartfelt message on Instagram, was laying on another bed. The two held hands side by side.

She didn’t state when she had the procedure done, or how long she took to recover in hospital, but we cannot imagine the trauma she’s been through and are incredibly inspired by her strength. You go, girl.

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Carmen Chong
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