Selena Gomez Talks on Accepting Kidney Transplant Scar: ‘It Was Really Hard in the Beginning’

Updated On 30 Nov, 2017 Published On

Selena Gomez has successfully entitled herself Billboard’s Woman of the Year for 2017, and she held nothing back while in the interview with the music publication. The 25-year-old Wolves songstress opened up about her health, giving an update on how she’s doing after her kidney transplant.

Jennifer revealed in the interview published on Thursday, November 30:

It was really hard in the beginning. I remember looking at myself in the mirror completely naked and thinking about all the things that I used to bitch about and just asking, ‘Why? I had someone in my life for a very long time who pointed out all the things that I didn’t feel great about with myself.

Billboard's Woman of the Year, Selena Gomez (magazine cover)

Billboard's Woman of the Year, Selena Gomez (magazine cover)


She continued:

When I look at my body now, I just see life. There are a million things I can do — lasers and creams and all that stuff – but I’m OK with it. And by the way, there’s nothing wrong with [plastic surgery]. I just think for me, it could be my eyes, my round face, my ears, my legs, my scar. I don’t have perfect abs, but I feel like I’m wonderfully made.

The Disney Channel alum further said that the surgery also helped her take more ownership of herself.

I just kept thinking about how much my body is my own. Ever since I was 7, my life always felt like I was giving it to someone else. I felt really alone even though I had a lot of great people around me. But the decisions I was making, were they ever for me?. [After the surgery] I had this sense of gratitude for myself. I don’t think I’ve ever just stopped and been like, ‘I’m actually grateful for who I am.’

As reported in September, Selena had to undergo the surgery over the summer due to complications with lupus and she was diagnosed with it more than five years ago.


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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Selena's kidney transplant was done with her BFF Francia Raisa which she revealed through an Instagram post on September 15.