Selena Gomez
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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.

In the "Giving Back Generation" video podcast, Gomez's friend Raquelle Stevens interviewed her. 

Gomez revealed that the lupus in combination with the "medication that [she'll] have to take for the rest of [her] life" causes weight fluctuations. And "it depends on even the month," she said. 

Heartless people on the internet made comments about her figure. 

"I really noticed when people started attacking me for that. And in reality, that's just my truth. I fluctuate. It depends on what's happening in my life. That got to me big time ... that really messed me up for a bit," Gomez shared. 

Thankfully, she's now in a better place with body acceptance. "I'm very happy with living my life ... being in the present, because that's it." 

Now Gomez stays away from the comments section and the reactions to her posts or red carpet events.   

Gomez underwent a lifesaving kidney transplant in September 2017.

Gomez thanked her family for sticking by her and her best friend Francia Raisa for donating her kidney to save Gomez's life. Gomez and Raisa had to go through a difficult recovery, but it was worth it in the end. It's despicable that people on the internet criticized Gomez about her weight.

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. 

The negativity seemed to get to her in 2018, when she took a break from social media. 

"Update: taking a social media break. Again," Gomez wrote in her caption.

"As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given. Kindness and encouragement only for a bit!"

Then she concluded with, "Just remember, negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings. Obvi."

Luckily it seems that Gomez is in a stronger place with her physical and emotional health now. Her full interview with Stevens is available on the streaming service TaTaTu.