Selena thanks her friend for the 'ultimate sacrifice' following her secret kidney secret.

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Over the summer, Selena Gomez had appeared to take a break for show business – abstaining from social media and big events.

Now, Selena has moved fans with a recent admission from the star in which she confirmed the reason for this absence.

Selena has emotionally revealed that she had received a kidney transplant, which had been curtesy of her best friend Francia Raisa.

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Selena has been very vocal about her ongoing battles with Lupus.

Lupus is a disease which causes the body’s immune system to mistakenly attacks healthy tissue in many parts of the body, leading to a range of symptoms which can be mild or serve – including joint pain, fatigue and rashes.

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For Selena, the star has been forced to try a number of different treatments for her condition – including Chemotherapy.

However, the star has now taken to social media to share her latest route of therapy – revealing her kidney transplant, which she needed to do for her ‘overall health’.

Sharing a snap of herself and best ‘pal Francia lying in hospital beds, Selena writes: ‘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’. 

The star then thanked her doctors and family, before addressing her best friend.

Selena writes: ‘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’.

Selena then urges fans to continue their research and awareness of Lupus.

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/

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For more information on Lupus, head over *here* to visit the NHS website. Sending our best wishes to Selena throughout her treatment.

Alice Perry