Selena Gomez took to Instagram on Thursday to share details about a kidney transplant she received this summer and explain why she took a brief career break."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," she began her post. "So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my lupus and was recovering....
Selena Gomez became famous as a teen idol for the Walt Disney Co. before reinventing herself as a full-fledged, fully grown pop star. The multitalented singer and actress has successfully retooled her image without straying from the spotlight or leaving behind a generation that grew up alongside her, with the former teen queen boasting a global fan base. She has the largest following of anyone on Instagram, over 125 million.
Since reinventing herself with the 2015 album “Revival,” Gomez has found new depths as a singer and actress, showcasing a sexy sound and attitude that proves she’s matured as an artist. While she continues to land a string of lead roles, the multitalented Gomez has successfully leveraged her influence as a burgeoning executive, producing projects for the likes of Netflix and Disney’s Freeform network. She has gotten her share of on-screen credits as well, including getting cast in an upcoming Woody Allen flick.
Born in Grand Prairie, TX, Gomez broke out as a teen star for Disney with the sitcom “Wizards of Waverly Place,” and the pop-rock band Selena Gomez & the Scene. She launched her solo recording career with 2013’s “Stars Dance,” and followed that with the platinum-selling “Revival.” As an actress, Gomez has grown out of her G-rated Disney roles with performances in 2011 romcom “Monte Carlo” and 2013’s surprise hit “Spring Breakers.”