(File pix) Selena Gomez arrives at the 2016 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 20, 2016. Reuters

LONDON: Pop star Selena Gomez revealed that she underwent a kidney transplant over the summer, in a post on her official Instagram account that showed her in a hospital beside her friend, who donated the organ.

In the post, shared on Thursday, the “Good For You” singer said that fans had been wondering why she had been “laying low” over the summer.

“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,” she said.

Gomez, who has 126 million Instagram followers, also revealed that the donor was her longtime friend Francia Raisa, an actress best-known for her role in TV series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”

At the time of writing, Gomez’s post had over 2.4 million likes on Instagram.

Gomez’s representatives were not immediately available for comment. --Reuters

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