Selena Gomez Opens Up About Shocking 'Life-Or-Death' Lupus Diagnosis

The 25-year-old appeared a gala raising funds for the Lupus Research Alliance and shared some insight into the severity of her autoimmune disease.


A day after performing at the AMAs, Selena Gomez has taken to the stage once again to discuss her ongoing battle with Lupus.

Last night, the 25-year-old singer delivered a heartfelt speech at the Lupus Research Alliance's Breaking Through Gala in New York City wearing a dramatic yellow one-shouldered dress and a pair of embellished yellow and silver sandal heels.

On stage, the 'Fetish' singer said: 'I am really honoured to be here with all of you guys tonight, my Lupus community.

'As many of you know or might not know, I was diagnosed with Lupus about five or six years ago.'

Earlier this summer, the Texas-born star underwent a kidney transplant, given to her by friend Francia Raisa - an experience which she says truly put into perspective how life-threatening her autoimmune disease is.

Explaining that when she learned of her Lupus Nephritis diagnosis she was warned she may one day need a transplant, she revealed: '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.

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: -by grace through faith

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'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.'

The singer, who recently broke up with her boyfriend The Weeknd and is now rumoured to have rekindled her romance with former beau Justin Bieber, also revealed that there's a three to five per cent chance her Lupus will return.

With her arthritis now gone and a marked improvement in her blood pressure and energy level, the star thanked her doctors present at the gala for their support.

'It feels good to actually be honouring people like you or in my world it could seem kind of vain, but this is really, really special,' she said.

'Not everyone is lucky enough to have a donor, and something as monumental as an organ transplant shouldn't be the best treatment option available.'

Concluding her speech, the star added: 'I'd like to see the day when all young women can realise their dreams of life without a Lupus.

'This is why I am committed to the Lupus Research Alliance. So that none of us are alone, especially the young women that I have grown up with and heard many, many stories.

'I just want to say thank you and I hope we can do something for all of the younger people who need to know what this means.'

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