Talk about a devoted boyfriend. The Weeknd stepped up to offer support for his girlfriend, Selena Gomez, while she was undergoing a kidney transplant this summer. According to People, the R&B star, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, scheduled performances around her procedure.
"It was a super serious operation, and all her friends were worried," a source told People. In order to ensure he was by her side, The Weeknd took some time off from his Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour. He was in between performance dates from July 22 through August 6 and then again until September 8.
He also canceled his Grey Goose-sponsored show on August 28, and though he was announced as a performer at the 2017 MTV Movie Awards, he was a no-show on August 27 for the awards show.
Today, Gomez took to Instagram to let fans know that she had a kidney transplant. “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,” Gomez captioned the post. “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.”
"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. 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. 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. 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. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful 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. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith"
Gomez received a live kidney from her longtime best friend, Francia Raisa. She also shared a post on Instagram, offering her perspective on the life-saving medical procedure. It's clear that Gomez is surrounded by an amazing circle of friends and family.
For more from Selena Gomez, pick up the October issue of InStyle Australia, available on Thursday September 14.