It’s been just over two years since Selena Gomez revealed that she had a life-saving kidney transplant surgery due to the severity of her autoimmune disease called lupus. Now, the 27-year-old will have the date of her procedure permanently inked onto her skin.
On Friday, January 10, Selena not only released her new album Rare, but along with it, a music video to go along with the title track. The singer unveiled a retro-style haircut in the whimsical visual, but also gave viewers a sneak peek at her new tattoo honoring the date of her life-saving surgery.
At one point in the video, the songstress lifted her arms above her head and showed off the ink on the back of her right arm. She also gave fans another look at the tattoo in a series of behind-the-scenes photos from the video shoot that she posted to Instagram.
Previously, Selena spoke about the new ink in a December 2019 interview with Capital FM.
“I actually got the date of when I got my kidney transplant,” she said, gesturing towards her right arm. “And I did that with the girl that gave me her kidney.”
The girl Selena was referring to is her best friend Francia Raísa. In September 2017, the two actresses posted photos of them laying in separate hospital beds holding hands. They both penned heartfelt captions about the surgery.
“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 Raísa,” Selena wrote at the time. “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.”
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