Selena Gomez opened up about her struggle with lupus and a kidney transplant in late 2017, but now she's talking about a different part of that journey.
The artist was body-shamed online while she was going through this major health crisis, as if dealing with lupus wasn't difficult enough. On her pal Raquelle Stevens' podcast, Gomez opened up about the effects of bullying and said that it "really messed [her] up."
The singer has had a successful past few months, dropping the first two singles from her upcoming album, along with music videos shot entirely on the iPhone.
Raisa and Gomez decided to come forward with their experience in order to raise awareness about lupus and about kidney donation.
Gomez credits Raisa with saving her life, because without a kidney donation, it could have been a life or death situation. The two gained a sisterhood out of the experience. They wanted other people to know the gravity of others' situations and how any kind of donation can make a difference.