Selena Gomez Did NOT Jump Kidney Transplant Waiting List, Despite Claim

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Selena Gomez Kidney Transplant Waiting List

By Shari Weiss |

Selena Gomez Kidney Transplant Waiting List

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Selena Gomez did not use her celebrity status to jump others on the waiting list for kidney transplants, despite a claim from a tabloid. Because the singer-actress received her new kidney from a private donor, it had nothing to do with cutting others on the waiting list. Gossip Cop can set the record straight.

The National Enquirer is blaring in a headline, “Selena Stole My Kidney!” Of course, that sensational declaration isn’t the least bit true. Gomez’s kidney came from her best friend, Francia Raisa. It was not in any way meant to go to someone else and then given to the star simply because she’s famous. But the supermarket tabloid wrongly writes, “Privileged pop princess Selena Gomez, who has the autoimmune disease lupus, used her celeb status to push her way to a life-saving kidney!”

The gossip magazine cites a random, ill-informed and unnamed Twitter user who tweeted, “Wonder how many people were jumped on the kidney list just because she is Selena Gomez.” But Gomez didn’t jump anyone. She wasn’t given a kidney over others on the waiting list. Like some people do, she was fortunately able to find a personal donor. But to push this false narrative, the outlet quotes a so-called “source close to the star” as saying, “Of course Francia is a bestie, but it’s a shame that someone like Selena would get a kidney served up on a silver platter before so many people who are hanging on to their lives by a thread.”

First off, what source “close” to Gomez would really call it a “shame” that she got a life-saving kidney transplant? Secondly, nothing was served up to Gomez on a silver platter, nor did she get a kidney with the “snap of her famous fingers,” as the publication puts it. She simply had her friends and family tested and found a match. It was luck, not fame, and it’s a practice that takes place among everyday people all the time. What’s particularly gross and offensive is this supposed snitch goes on to suggest Gomez was undeserving of the transplant, saying to the tabloid, “It’s especially heinous considering how much abuse Selena has deliberately inflicted on her own body!”

The magazine notes that’s an allusion to Gomez’s alleged “penchant for hard partying.” The insinuation is that she needed the transplant due to use of drugs and alcohol, but Gomez’s years-long health woes are the result of her lupus, not illicit substances. The outlet ultimately acknowledges, “Because the songbird had a personal friend making a specific donation to her, Selena was able to get the surgery immediately,” but contends that “regular folks, on the other hand, languish on the waiting list.” But this has nothing to do with being “regular” or irregular. Anyone who finds a private match is taken off the list and undergoes the transplant procedure as soon as possible.

That’s not “stealing” from a waiting person nor is it “jumping up the waiting list.” Gomez didn’t use her “privilege” any more than anyone else who finds out a friend or relative is a match. It’s frankly shameful to try to make it look like the singer did something wrong when her process was no different than what many others go through, celebrity or not. The National Enquirer has published a lot of bull about Gomez over the years, including a story predicting she will die an early death. That was just before making up a tale about Gomez suffering a “pregnancy horror.” This latest article proves the tabloid remains as disgusting and misinformed as ever.

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