Is Selena GomezOK?! Many fans were left worried about the singer after they noticed a medical tube in her arm during an Instagram Live with Timothée Chalamet on October 24, 2020.
The “Rare” songstress teamed up with her Rainy Day in New York costar to talk about the importance of voting in the upcoming Presidential Election, but people quickly noticed the tube coming out of her arm. During the chat, she also told Chalamet, who was on line to vote when he did the livestream, that she had sent her ballot in by mail because she wasn’t able to vote in person for “certain reasons.” This led even fans to be even more concerned for her health.
So What Is Wrong With Selena Gomez?
For those who don’t know, Gomez suffers from an autoimmune disease called lupus. And although she didn’t directly address the medical tube, many fans have speculated that it had to do with her illness.
“Praying for Selena’s health and I really hope she’s doing well. I can’t imagine what it is like to live with such a terrible autoimmune disease. Sending you so much love and hugs @selenagomez,” one fan wrote on Twitter, with another adding, “I am in my tears this woman is so strong and I am so proud of her I hope she is safe ’cause God knows how this woman has been through I am so proud that she’s able to do things for us while battling with lupus everyday. I love you Selena Gomez always and forever.”
What Exactly Is Lupus?
According to Lupus.org, Lupus is a “chronic (long-term) disease that can cause inflammation and pain in any part of your body. It’s an autoimmune disease, which means that your immune system — the body system that usually fights infections — attacks healthy tissue instead.” It can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.
Selena Gomez Got A Kidney Transplant In 2017
In September 2017, the former Disney actress revealed via Instagram that she had to get a kidney transplant because of the disease. And get this — the new organ that she received happened to come from someone very special to her — fellow actress and best friend Francia Racia.
“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,” Gomez wrote at the time. “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.”
What Else Has Selena Gomez Said About Her Disease?
In 2014, the Wizards of Waverly Place alum announced that she was taking a brief break from the spotlight, and many people assumed she was going to rehab for a drug or alcohol problem. But in reality, it was because of her disease. Then, one year later, she finally opened up about her diagnosis.
“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke,” she told Billboard.
When asked why she kept her battle with lupus a secret at first, Gomez explained, “I think it was just very complicated because I didn’t understand and then that was something that I did want to keep private until my whole life suddenly wasn’t private.”
She explained that she wanted to wait until she was in the right head space to tell the world.
“I waited for the right time to talk about it because I am in a great place, and I’m very healthy. I’m not trying to be loud about it: It was time to use my platform to help,” she added.
The 28-year-old also opened up about the moment she realized she needed a kidney transplant.
“After undergoing so many tests to monitor my kidneys my doctors told me I have lupus nephritis, one of those complications from lupus. They said I would be needing a kidney transplant,” she shared. “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. 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.”
Selena Gomez Has Also Opened Up About How The Disease Affected Her Mental Health
Gomez told People Magazine in August 2016, “I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks, and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges.”
She also explained in a 2019 interview that the disease made her weight fluctuate, and seeing people talk about the way she looked online definitely got to her.
“I have lupus and deal with kidney issues and high blood pressure, so I deal with a lot of health issues, and for me that’s when I really started noticing more of the body image stuff,” she said. “[My weight] depends on even the month, to be honest. So for me, I really started to notice when people started attacking me for that. And in reality, that’s just my truth, I fluctuate… And that got to me big time. I think for me, that really messed me up for a bit.”
What Has Selena Gomez Been Up To Recently?
During quarantine, Gomez has definitely done a lot. She released her very own makeup line called Rare Beauty, starred in her own HBO cooking show called Selena + Chef and get this, you guys — in August 2020, she revealed that she was working on her next studio album!
We can’t wait to hear her new music, and we hope that her health is doing OK.