Selena Gomez feels “more like a warrior” with her kidney transplant scar, as she says she’s proud of the way she looks because she “wouldn’t be here” if it wasn’t for the surgery.
The 28-year-old singer underwent the procedure in 2017 due to complications stemming from her battle with the autoimmune disease lupus, and whilst she was initially “sad” that the operation would leave a scar on her skin, she’s now proud of the way she looks because she “wouldn’t be here” if it wasn’t for the surgery.
“But I’m also around some of the best people, who see beyond the things we sometimes get wrapped up in. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for that scar, and now I look at it in a much different way. I feel like I’m more of a warrior.”
And the “Lose You to Love Me” hitmaker hopes her decision to speak out about her health battle can help others to feel less “scared” about their own diagnosis.
Speaking to People magazine for their “People of the Year” issue, she said: “What makes everything I go through worth it is knowing that hopefully, a young girl [going through the same thing] doesn’t feel as scared.”
Meanwhile, Selena opened up on her body confidence in September when she shared an Instagram post proudly displaying her scar.