Selena Gomez Sought Treatment In New York City

After a stressful year, Selena Gomez is now putting her health first.

Last summer, the “Perfect” singer underwent a kidney transplant thanks to her longtime friend, Francia Raisa, becoming her organ donor.

Since then, she has been candid about her struggles with mental health and the challenges she has faced growing up as a child star.

“It’s a lonely journey to really figure out where all this stuff is coming from. And to detach from it. It becomes an addiction, it becomes a habit, retraining your mind to not go to these negative places when you say something wrong, do something wrong, when you wear a certain thing or represent a certain culture,” she told The Business of Fashion last year about trying to stay positive and healthy. “But it is lonely, I had to lose a lot of people in my life to get there.”

In August 2016, Gomez announced that she was stepping away from the spotlight to “focus on maintaining my health and happiness” after suffering from “anxiety, panic attacks and depression” as side effects of her lupus.

“I think it’s safe to say that all of you know my life whether I like it or not. I had to stop because I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside,” she shared on stage at the American Music Awards. “I kept it all together enough to where I would never let you down but I kept it too much together to where I let myself down. If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken.”

Sources confirm at the time that her break was not a result of alcohol or substance abuse. Sources later confirm that she was seeking professional help to work on her emotional health.

In December, sources shared that Gomez was not currently speaking to her mother Mandy Teefey.

“After all the noise that happened over the holidays, she felt like she needed this,” says the source of her recent health situation.

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The last few years haven’t been easy for pop star Selena Gomez and her family. In September, the singer and actress revealed in an Instagram post that she had undergone a kidney transplant over the summer due to complications from lupus.

The former Disney star wrote that the surgery was needed to improve her overall health as she battled the debilitating autoimmune disease that affects around 1.5 million Americans.

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Two months after coming clean about her transplant, Gomez sat down for her first interview and revealed that she had to undergo a second emergency surgery to fix a flipped artery. Following the procedures, the Good For You singer is now in remission, and with the support of her fans, family and friends, already gave her first performance in over a year at the American Music Awards in November.

“It’s really hard to think about, or even to swallow, especially now that as soon as I got the kidney transplant, my arthritis went away, my lupus, there’s about a 3 to 5 percent chance it will ever come back, my blood pressure is better,” Gomez said. “My energy, my life has been better.”

While it wasn’t an easy journey, Gomez’s surgery scars will fade and her pain will subside, but there is one big scar that her family haven’t been able to heal – the loss of Gomez’s unborn sister, Scarlett.

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During the 2011 holiday season, Gomez revealed that she was going to become a big sister. Her parents, mom, Mandy Teefy, and stepfather, Brian Teefy, were expecting a baby.

“Momma and Brian are finally letting me share the news,” she wrote on Instagram. “My mommys carrying my baby brother or sister 🙂 I’m the happiest girl in the world!”

Unfortunately, Mandy had a miscarriage and Scarlett never made her debut.

Now, six years after her loss, Mandy shared an emotional post on Instagram remembering the daughter she lost on December 17, 2011.

Selena Gomez Opens Up About Undergoing Second Surgery After Transplant Complications

In early September, singer Selena Gomez revealed in an Instagram post that she had undergone a kidney transplant over the summer, putting rumors about her sudden public disappearance to rest.


The former Disney star wrote that the surgery was needed to improve her overall health as she battled lupus, a debilitating autoimmune disease that affects around 1.5 million Americans.

“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,” the singer wrote.

She also revealed that her best friend, actress Francia Raisa, was the one who donated the kidney.

“…There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful best 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,” Gomez continued.

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Gomez shared some photos of her post-surgery scars, but reassured her fans that she was recovering well and will be sharing more updates in the near future.

“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,” she added to the note. “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.”

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Now, nearly two months since coming clean to her fans about her surgery, Gomez stayed true to her word and offered up more details of her scary experience in her first interview since going under the knife.