Selena Gomez feels like “more of a warrior” post kidney transplant.
The 27-year-old “Rare” singer was crowned one of People Magazine’s “People of the Year” and appeared on the cover of the latest issue. She spoke to the publication about the scar left behind from her 2017 kidney transplant that resulted from complications with her autoimmune disease, lupus.
“At the beginning of my recovery, I was a little bit sad. You’re already going through something, and then there’s the added pressure of ‘I don’t look the same. I don’t know if I feel comfortable in my body,” she said. “But I’m also around some of the best people, who see beyond the things we sometimes get wrapped up in. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for that scar, and now I look at it in a much different way,” she added. “I feel like I’m more of a warrior.”
Back in September, the Rare Beauty guru revealed her scar in an Instagram post of herself in a swimsuit.
“When I got my kidney transplant, I remember it being very difficult at first showing my scar,” she wrote in the caption. “I didn’t want it to be in photos, so I wore things that would cover it up. Now, more than ever, I feel confident in who I am and what I went through…and I’m proud of that.”
Gomez received a kidney from one of her best friends, Francia Raisa, who is also an actress. Recently, her kidney transplant made headlines again due to Peacock and NBC Universal’s Saved By The Bell reboot.
In an episode, multiple jokes regarding her kidneys and her kidney transplant surgery were made. The crude jokes consisted of writing on the walls of the school hallway saying, “Does Selena Gomez even have kidneys?” and another character insinuating that Justin Bieber‘s mom or Demi Lovato was her kidney donor.
Peacock, NBC Universal and the Saved By The Bell executive producers have since released an apology in the wake of the backlash from Gomez’s fans. “We apologize. It was never our intention to make light of Selena’s health. We have been in touch with her team and will be making a donation to her charity, The Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research at USC.”
You can read Gomez’s full interview with People magazine here.
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