Selena Gomez says she doesn’t have a problem with alcohol.
And since she’s 27 years old and at the helm of a wildly successful career, we’re inclined to believe her when she claims she’s able to balance her partying with her professional obligations.
But sadly, in addition to a slew of hit singles, Selena has something else that most people her age could never fathom — a battery of serious health problems.
In 2013, Gomez revealed that she had been diagnosed with lupus in 2013.
The disease has had a profound effect on her overall health in the years that followed.
Selena underwent a kidney transplant in 2017, with her then-best friend Francia Raisa as donor.
It was later revealed that Raisa almost died during the procedure, and Selena publicly sang her friend’s praises, declaring Francia a literal life-saver.
Gomez also vowed to adopt a healthier lifestyle … but for a long time, it didn’t seem that she was making good on her promise.
Fans became concerned when the singer defended her right to continue drinking and living as she sees fit in a series of candid interviews.
They became even more worried when word got out that Selena and Francia were no longer on speaking terms due to Gomez’s continued partying.
“Selena did the exact opposite of what she said she was going to do when she got well again,” an insider tells Radar Online.
"She said she was not going to drink anymore, but she did.”
The insider confirms that Francia “called Selena out” on her behavior, which led to a falling out.
“She cares about her and she loves her,” the source explains.
“She told her that she was just really making some unhealthy choices, and that she was concerned for her.”
Now, it seems we have good news and bad news to report regarding Selena’s health and her relationship with Rasia.
The good news is, Selena has reportedly cut drinking out of her life, at least for the time being.
Confirming these reports is the fact that Gomez and a friend were photographed at a Kacey Musgraves concert over the weekend, and both were sipping water.
The bad — and very sad — news is that she’s still not on speaking terms with Raisa.
A source tells Radar that the two women have concluded that their relationship is fractured beyond repair.
"Because of everything that they’ve been through together, Selena doesn’t know if she can ever really be a part of Francia’s life again,” says the insider.
Sometimes extreme circumstances bring people closer together, but unfortunately, they’re just as likely to drive them apart.