Selena Gomez says she’s feeling stronger following a recent kidney transplant — and revealed the consequences might’ve been grave if she didn’t get the operation when she did.
The 25-year-old star, who received the new kidney from her close friend, actress Francia Raisa, reflected Monday on when her doctors informed her she’d eventually need a new kidney because of complications from her autoimmune disease, lupus.
“Maybe I wasn’t necessarily really good at knowing what that meant so it actually got to a point where it was life or death,” Gomez said at a Lupus Research Alliance gala in Manhattan, E! News reported. “Thankfully, one of my best friends gave me her kidney and it was the ultimate gift of life. And I am doing quite well now.”
Gomez and Raisa, 29, underwent the kidney procedure over the summer, before announcing they’d had the operation to their fans on social media in September.
The two stars have been friends since 2008 after first meeting at a Disney charity event.
Gomez said last month that Raisa saved her life by offering to give her a kidney.
“My kidneys were just done,” Gomez said in an interview with NBC that aired on the “Today” show. “That was it and I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life. And (Raisa) volunteered and did it.”
Gomez gave her first performance since the procedure on Sunday at the American Music Awards, where she performed her new song with Marshmello, “Wolves.”
The pop star has often been vocal about her experiences with lupus as a way of spreading awareness about the condition and urging fans to get treatment if necessary.