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Selena Gomez Opens Up About Her Kidney Transplant
As one of the world’s most famous celebrities, Selena Gomez is used to all sorts of rude intrusions into her personal life. However, the popstar surprised everyone when she announced news of her recent kidney transplant via Instagram. Gomez has previously disappeared from public life due to struggles with Lupus, a disease that causes one’s immune system to attack the body’s tissues and organs, keeping her transplant journey private until now.
When she discovered that she needed a kidney transplant, her friend Francia Raisa turned out to be a match and willingly donated her kidney to Gomez in an astonishing act of friendship. The popstar’s post thanks Raisa and advocates for the Lupus Research Alliance. Her call to action prompted her fans and followers to donate over $500,000 in only two days.
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
Gucci and Dapper Dan Form a Long-Awaited Partnership
Call it mending fences if you will, but this news is long overdue. After an internet backlash erupted when Gucci appropriated a look from iconic Harlem couturier Dapper Dan, designer Alessandro Michele pledged that his imitation was really an homage. Somewhat cyclically, Dapper Dan was forced to shutter his doors when he was sued by high-fashion brands like Gucci and Fendi back in the 1990s for using their logos in his work.
Therefore, Gucci’s new partnership with Dapper Dan is a case of fashion coming full circle. This new era of friendship between the two parties resulted in Dapper Dan’s presence in the new Gucci ad campaign (pictured below) and Gucci’s promise to foot the bill for the grand reopening of Dapper Dan’s boutique.
Jennifer Lawrence Retires Temporarily
More is being made of Jennifer Lawrence’s offhand comments about taking a break from acting than is necessary. However, the A-list star did tell Today Show host Savannah Guthrie, “I don’t have anything set for two years. I think I’m just taking a little break. I’ll see you in six months.”
Clearly, there’s no concrete timeline in place. However, Lawrence would do well to seek temporary respite after the strenuous shoot she endured for Mother!, Darren Aranofsky’s new thriller. The young actress reportedly tore her diaphragm during one of the more intense scenes. Get some beauty rest, JLaw – not that you need it.
Twitter Loses Its Mind Over Beyoncé and Rihanna Sighting
After a long week of winning at NYFW, Rihanna (somehow) found enough energy to host Diamond Ball, her annual philanthropic gala event that benefits the Clara Lionel Foundation. She created the foundation in 2012 in order to raise money and aid for education, healthcare, and other programs in impoverished communities around the world. Naturally, her friend Beyoncé found time out of her busy schedule to attend, and pictures of the two glowing popstars instantly went viral. One avid Twitter fan said what we were all thinking: “I’m waiting for the collab!”
Apple Reveals the 'iPhone X'
Shiny new gadget lovers, rejoice! Apple has just announced a batch of new products: the ‘iPhone 8’, the ‘iPhone 8 Plus’, and the ‘iPhone X’. While the ‘iPhone 8’ models feature standard upgrades from the previous ones (like a better camera), the ‘iPhone X’ represents a significant stylistic and technological departure. Made with surgical-grade stainless steel, it boasts rounded-off edges that increase edge-to-edge display in addition to advanced facial-recognition features for security purposes – meaning your face is your password. Wireless charging will also make a debut.
Behati Prinsloo Announces Second Pregnancy
Supermodel Behati Prinsloo and husband Adam Levine recently announced that they are expecting their second child. Prinsloo took to Instagram to show off her first baby-bump selfie and looked adorable doing it.