Selena Gomez: 10 facts about the Disney Channel actress and singer

1. Her grandparents were undocumented immigrants.

She once revealed, “In the 1970s, my aunt crossed the border from Mexico to the United States hidden in the back of a truck. My grandparents followed, and my father was born in Texas soon after.”

2. She has suffered from a disease called Lupus.

It is an autoimmune disease that attacks your tissues and organs, leaving you tired, depressed, and achy.

3. She had kidney problems.

She had to undergo kidney transplantation due to complications from Lupus.

4. Her friend gave her a kidney.

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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

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5. She almost died during surgery.

Her friend Francia who donated a kidney to her said, “My kidney was very active, and when she turned, she broke an artery. They had to take [Selena] into emergency surgery and get a vein from her leg and build a new artery to keep my kidney in place. She could have died.”

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6. She herself handles most of her social media handles.

Unlike many other celebrities, she likes to handle her social media accounts herself.

7. Her first kiss was on screen.

During a guest appearance on the second season of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Selena kissed Dylan in front of a live studio audience.

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8. She got the word ‘RARE’ tattooed on her neck.

She got it before the release of the album Rare. Taling about the tattoo she said, “The word has meant so much more to me than just a title of a song, we live in a time where everything is based on your looks and social media and there are so many different channels telling people what they should look like, and how they should do this, do that. And I want to represent a person that is just saying, ‘You are who are; you’re unique and you’re rare.'”

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9. She has pretty weird food habits.

Selena often eats whole lemons. That’s not all – she also often drinks olive oil to protect her voice.

10. She loves McDonald’s.

She loves it so much that she had a McDonalds before a Victoria Secret show.

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