On Thursday, the actress/singer/producer, 25, went public with the news that she received a kidney transplant from friend Francia Raisa.
“So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering,” Gomez said on Instagram. “It was what I needed to do for my overall health.”
Lupus is an autoimmune disease. Its common in women and can affect a patient’s bone density, heart, liver, pancreas, and brain.
Gomez, who has opened up about living with Lupus before, said she looks forward to sharing more of her journey with fans and shared the Lupus Research Alliance’s website for people who want to know more about the disease.
She released the first single from her new untitled album, It Ain’t Me featuring Kygo, in March.
Since then Bad Liar and Fetish have come out but she hasn’t been out promoting the tracks because of her operation. Her first public appearance after recovering from the surgery was in New York with boyfriend The Weeknd.
She also took time off social media last year to deal with panic attacks, anxiety and depression.
The 25-year-old says her ongoing mental health problems are a side-effect of her lupus diagnosis last year.
In her post, she says not enough is known about the condition.
“Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made.”