Selena Gomez received a kidney transplant from television actress Francia Raisa because of her struggle with lupus, the actress-singer revealed Thursday.
Gomez disclosed in an Instagram post that she has been out of the spotlight this summer because she was recovering from the procedure. The 25-year-old called the transplant "what I needed to do for my overall health." "There aren't words to describe" how she can thank Raisa for "the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney," she said. "I am incredibly blessed."
The post included a picture of Gomez and Raisa holding hands while lying side-by-side in hospital beds and another of a scar on Gomez's abdomen. Raisa, 29, is best known for her role on the ABC Family series "The Secret Life of the American Teenager."
Gomez revealed her lupus diagnosis in 2015. Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body mistakenly attacks its own tissues, sometimes including the kidneys. One healthy kidney is all the body needs, so a single kidney transplant can resolve the problem, said Dr. David Klassen, chief medical officer for the United Network for Organ Sharing.
National Book Award's Nonfiction list
The longlist for this year's National Book Award in Nonfiction includes another title published by Minneapolis' Graywolf Press: "Bunk," by Kevin Young. Graywolf also has three titles longlisted for the poetry award. The longlist for fiction will be revealed Friday.
The finalists will be announced in October, and the winners in November. Here's the longlist for nonfiction.
Erica Armstrong Dunbar, "Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge"; Frances FitzGerald, "The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America"; James Forman Jr., "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America"; Masha Gessen, "The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia"; David Grann, "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI"; Naomi Klein, "No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need"; Nancy MacLean, "Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America"; Richard Rothstein, "The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America"; Timothy B. Tyson, "The Blood of Emmett Till," and Kevin Young, "Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News."
New addition: CBS' "60 Minutes," the newsmagazine that can credit consistency for much of its success as it enters its 50th anniversary year, is about to see a major change with the addition of Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey will debut Sept. 24, reporting on a story about the United States' political divisions. Winfrey "wants to do stories with impact," said executive producer Jeff Fager.
Baby no. 2: Adam Levine is set to become a father again. The Maroon 5 singer's wife, model Behati Prinsloo, posted a picture of herself on Instagram with caption: "ROUND 2." Their daughter Dusty Rose Levine was born a year ago.