Selena Gomez Was in Dire Straits for Months Before Kidney Transplant

Selena GomezIn Dire Straits for MonthsBefore Kidney Transplant

9/14/2017 6:19 AM PDT

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Selena Gomez‘s kidneys were failing long before she received her transplant … TMZ has learned.

We’ve learned when Selena was in Chicago for The Weeknd‘s concert back in May she was rushed to the hospital because of kidney failure. Abel was right by her side.

At that point Selena was already on a kidney transplant list.

She took a break from touring last year to deal with her lupus diagnosis. It’s a chronic disease that attacks the body’s immune system and the kidneys. She was suffering serious effects from the disease.

Selena now has a new kidney after a transplant this summer, thanks to her donor/best friend Francia Raisa.


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Selena Gomez reveals she had kidney transplant

Selena Gomez revealed some shocking health news.

The pop star received a kidney transplant recently to help with her Lupus disease from her longtime pal, actress Francia Raisa, Gomez shared on Instagram Thursday.

“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,” the 25-year-old wrote alongside a photo of the pair in side-by-side hospital beds.

“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,” she continued.

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Selena Gomez shares a pictures from her kidney transplant. Francia Raisa (left) donated a kidney to Gomez.

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The former Disney star thanked family, friends and hospital staff — but most of all Raisa, who she says gave her the “ultimate gift.”

“She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me,” she wrote. “I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”

Raisa, 29, starred on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” and will star in the “Black-ish” spin-off, “Grown-ish.” The pair has reportedly been friends since 2008.

Selena Gomez shares pictures following her kidney transplant.

Selena Gomez shares pictures following her kidney transplant.

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“I am obsessed with every memory we’ve built in the last 8 years and the ones we have yet to create. I am so grateful that God put you in my life when he did,” Raisa wrote on Instagram for Gomez’s 24th birthday.

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The singer vowed to tell fans more about her health battle in the coming months, but urged them to learn more about Lupus, explaining that it is often “misunderstood.”

Gomez first revealed she suffered from Lupus in a 2015 issue of Billboard. She had said she underwent chemotherapy to deal with condition. Her kidneys were reportedly failing months before the transplant, according to TMZ.

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Selena Gomez and actress Francia Raisa were seen leaving “The Nice Guy” bar in West Hollywood, Calif., in 2015.

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Gomez was reportedly hospitalized in May while in Chicago for boyfriend The Weeknd’s concert, the gossip site reported. He was said to be by her side while she was in the hospital.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that attacks its own tissues.

Symptoms include joint pain, fatigue and rash and can cause harm to your organs and tissues. There is no cure for Lupus, but it can be managed through medications — and in more serious cases, requires a kidney transplant.

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Jennifer Lopez's Exes Descend on Hollywood with A-Rod in Town Too

J LoDos Exes y Uno BF… A-Love Story

9/14/2017 6:54 AM PDT

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You’d think there was a Jennifer Lopez convention going on — Marc Anthony, Casper Smart and Alex Rodriguez were all chilling in Hollywood and WeHo Wednesday night.

J Lo’s exes — Marc and Casper — were actually at the same restaurant, Viva Hollywood, checking out some “f**king dope” music … as Marc put it. Meanwhile, A-Rod did dinner at Craig’s just a few miles away.

Jennifer wasn’t around — probably less drama that way — but she was the hot topic. We asked the exes if Jenny and Alex get married — as rumored — would they be down to attend the wedding? One is a definite yes … but the other not so much.

A-Rod tried to dodge all topics … as you’d expect from a groom-to-be. Kidding. Sorta. We think.


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Subway service from upper Manhattan, Bronx disrupted by debris

Furious commuters slammed the MTA Thursday morning after debris on the subway tracks slowed the commute from upper Manhattan and the Bronx, the MTA said.

There were no trains on the 1, 2 and 3 lines between W. 96th St. and W. 42nd St. because of debris blocking the tracks at W. 50th St., officials said.

“This is unacceptable,” commuter Alicia Hale posted on Twitter. “This is the morning commute – lives and jobs.”

Downtown trains on the No. 2 line were running on the No. 5 tracks from 149th St./Grand Concourse in the Bronx to Nevins St. in Brooklyn.

There were no 3 trains between 148th St. and 34th St.-Penn Station.

The MTA was advising straphangers to take the A or C trains or the M104 bus between W. 34th St. and W. 137th St.

MTA officials said the debris was found at 7:12 am on the tracks north of the 50th St. Station on the 1 Line.

Workers cut power and work crews responded.

A test ran through the area, at 8:11 am.

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There were no trains running on the 1, 2 and 3 lines between W. 96th St. and W. 42nd St. due to debris.

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Service was expected to resume shortly, but the damage was already done, according to straphangers who took to Twitter. “Literally stuck at 168th Haven’t moved 3 ft in 15 min. & then another train arrived,” Twitter user That New York City Fast Pace wrote.

Another poster wrote, “Hundreds of people stuck at 168th station unable to move.”

Nicholas Sawicki wrote, “Some have life coaches. I have the @MTA to inspire me to get up each morning well before the daily breakdown.”

Navah Maynard wrote, “So glad that the @MTA raised the price of my monthly metro card.”

Another wrote, “You had one job @NYCTSubway.” 

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Marlon Wayans Defends Jemele Hill, Trump Shouldn't Be So White Supremacy

Marlon Wayans Defends Jemele HillTrump Shouldn’t Be So White Supremacist-ish

9/14/2017 6:28 AM PDT

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If Donald Trump doesn’t wanna be called a “white supremacist,” he shouldn’t do so many white supremacy things … so says Marlon Wayans.

The “Marlon” star made it clear he stands with Jemele Hill after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested ESPN should fire her for a series of anti-Trump tweets. 

Hill has since issued a statement … saying, “My comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs. My regret is that my comments and the public way I made them painted ESPN in an unfair light.”

ESPN also weighed in … “Jemele has a right to her personal opinions, but not to publicly share them on a platform that implies that she was in any way speaking on behalf of ESPN.”

“She has acknowledged that her tweets crossed that line and has apologized for doing so. We accept her apology.”

Hill appeared on ESPN on Wednesday and the plan appears to keep her on the air. At least for now. 


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Vandal dumps paint on NYC's famed Charging Bull statue in protest

A vandal protesting President Trump’s rejection of the Paris environmental accord poured blue paint on the head of the iconic Charging Bull statue in the Financial District early Thursday.

Cops got a call about the vandalism at 7:30 a.m. on Broadway near Morris St. The miscreant also draped a “Draw the Blue Line” ribbon over the “Fearless Girl” statue opposite the bull.

Draw the Blue Line is associated with activists supporting the Paris Agreement. Trump said June 1 he will withdraw from the agreement, which sets limits for the emission of greenhouse gases.

“Draw The Blue Line is asking New York City and the rest of the world to put horizontal blue lines across buildings, trees, fences, windows, on social media, everywhere during the 2017 UN General Assembly to show support for the Paris Agreement,” the group said on its website.

“These simple representations of rising sea levels are meant to serve as reminders to the world’s leaders and policymakers of the destruction to come if we don’t remain committed to the fight against climate change.”

The General Assembly began Tuesday and extends through Sept. 25.

“Wall Street bull was splashed w/ paint this morning, in apparent protest of the Paris pullout,” Mayor de Blasio’s spokesman Eric Phillips posted on Twitter. “No place for vandalism in public debate.”

The bull had been scrubbed clean by 9 a.m.

Cops described it as a case of criminal mischief, and are seeking a woman in connection with the incident, sources said.

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Esiason talks Craig Carton resignation on newly rebranded show

Welcome to “The Morning Show with Boomer.”

The ex-Jets quarterback opened his re-branded WFAN radio show Thursday by dealing with the news that his long-time partner Craig Carton had resigned amid Ponzi scheme charges.

“I think it’s a good move for Craig,” Esiason said of the Wednesday night announcement, “and I think for he and his family he has to focus supremely on that. That’s the one thing he has to take care of and that’s the one thing we want him to do, we want him and his family to get through this. He’s going to have to put all his energy in that.”

Carton, who had partnered with Esiason for 10 years on the popular “Boomer & Carton” morning show, was arrested and charged last week with running a ticket-sale Ponzi scheme.

“Unfortunately, the unfounded legal issues currently plaguing me will only be a distraction to everyone at WFAN and the show I helped build,” Carton said in a statement. “With that in mind, I have submitted my resignation to the station and they accepted.”

Esiason called it a “a sad day,” but admitted “by resigning he takes a lot of pressure off all of us here at WFAN.”

Craig Carton is pictured leaving federal court on September 6, 2017 in New York.

Craig Carton is pictured leaving federal court on September 6, 2017 in New York.

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After saying that he would not be surprised to “someday, somewhere, somehow” find Carton back behind a microphone, Esiason said “we have to move forward.”

“The Boomer and Carton chapter is now closed here,” he added.

The studio even got a quick overnight makeover.

“They came in here and scrubbed this studio,” Esiason told his audience about his new-look digs. “Anything that Craig was part of in studio unfortunately has been taken down … they almost took everything down of me, by the way.”

There was one light-hearted moment when a new jingle for the show was played … “Boomer and Boomer!”

Back page of New York Daily News for September 7, 2017.

Back page of New York Daily News for September 7, 2017.

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“It’s the end of Boomer and Carton,” Esiason added, “and for 10 years I sat next to somebody who I think, and I still believe this, is one of the great radio personalities that we’ll have ever seen.”

He ended the opening segment by saying, “I wish Craig and his family nothing but the best.”

In papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court, federal authorities allege that the sports radio host tried to raise millions of dollars in 2016 to pay gambling debts to casinos and others.

Carton, 48, remains free on $ 500,000 bail.

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Selena Gomez Underwent Kidney Transplant, Donor Best Friend Francia Raisa

Selena GomezUnderwent Kidney TransplantBest Friend Donor

9/14/2017 3:36 AM PDT

Selena Gomez underwent a kidney transplant this summer, and the donor was her best friend.

Selena posted this pic post surgery of her and kidney donor Francia Raisa.  She said, “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.”

Selena goes on … “So I found out I need to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering.  It was what I needed to do for my overall health.”

And then she thanks her friend … “There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa.  She gave me the ultimate gift.”


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Trump denies he reached DACA deal with Democrats

President Trump denied he struck a deal with Democrats on immigration reform, just hours after congressional leaders declared victory in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) fight.

“No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote,” Trump tweeted Thursday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said late Wednesday that they struck a deal for a legislative fix to DACA, which shielded close to 800,000 young undocumented immigrants to deportation.

Increased border security and other measures would be part of the package, they said, but funding Trump’s massive border wall was left out of the agreement.

Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi make DACA deal with Trump at W.H.

Trump, who scarfed down Chinese food with the Democratic leaders at the White House on Wednesday, doubled down on his wall talk after their announcement.

“The WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built,” Trump continued in a second tweet.

While some portions of the more than 2,000-mile border with Mexico do have barricades or fences, Congress hasn’t approved money to build Trump’s massive wall — expected to cost tens of billions of dollars.

Schumer and Pelosi declared victory Wednesday night, only to be rebuffed by the President.

Schumer and Pelosi declared victory Wednesday night, only to be rebuffed by the President.

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Trump, however, signaled his support for DACA, an Obama-era program for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. at a young age.

Nancy Pelosi, Trump law boss mull border security to save DACA

“Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!……..They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own – brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security,” Trump said in a pair of tweets.

Trump decided to wind down the program after mounting legal pressure from 10 states that threatened to challenge DACA in court.

He’s given Congress six months to find a legislative fix for DACA, which was created through a series of executive orders.

The President has sent mixed messages on what will happen over that time. He indicated he might re-explore the program himself if Congress can’t find a solution, and tweeted that DACA recipients “have nothing to worry about” during the next six months.  

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