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Selena Gomez undergoes kidney transpant

(AP) — Selena Gomez recently received a kidney transplant from television actress Francia Raisa due to her struggle with lupus, the actress-singer revealed Thursday.

Gomez disclosed in an Instagram post confirmed by her publicist that she has been somewhat out of the spotlight this summer because she was recovering from the procedure. The 25-year-old calls the transplant “what I needed to do for my overall health.”

The post didn’t reveal Gomez’s current condition or say where or when the procedure took place. Gomez’s publicist declined to release more information.

Gomez wrote “there aren’t words to describe” how she can thank Raisa, who she says gave “the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney.”

“I am incredibly blessed,” she added.

Gomez revealed her lupus diagnosis in 2015 and took a break from her career last year to deal with anxiety, panic attacks and depression stemming from her battle with the disease.

Gaga taking a rest from music after tour

TORONTO (AP) — Lady Gaga says that she’s planning to take a “rest” from music and “slow down for a moment for some healing.”

The pop star was at in Toronto on Friday for a pair of concerts and to premiere a Netflix documentary about herself, “Gaga: Five Foot Two.” The film, playing at the Toronto International Film Festival, chronicles her life, February’s Super Bowl performance and her struggle with chronic pain.

Gaga teared up speaking to reporters about her health issues. “It’s hard,” she said, “but it’s liberating too.”

She later told The Associated Press that she will finish her current tour, which runs through December, and then take some time for herself.

“When this tour is over I will take a little downtime from myself, and then I’ll get back to doing what I love,” she said. “I’m never not making music. I’m never not creating. I just am excited to spend some time reflecting on that past ten years and getting excited about what I want to create next.”

The singer said at the earlier press conference that she’ll still be creating during a break from music. “It doesn’t mean I don’t have some things up my sleeve,” said Gaga.

Gaga recently shot a remake of “A Star is Born,” co-starring Bradley Cooper.

ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ coming to Times Square

(AP) — ESPN’s “College GameDay” will broadcast from Times Square on Sept. 23, the first time the popular pregame road show travels to New York City.

ESPN announced the Times Square site for “GameDay” on Thursday. The network says the show will highlight New York’s college football history and “modern-day fandom.” Also, 82-year-old Lee Corso will make his 299th head-gear pick during the broadcast.

It’s the 81st location in 25 years for the show that visits mostly college campuses for the week’s big game. That Saturday is light on big games: No. 6 Washington at Colorado; No. 1 Alabama at Vanderbilt; No. 4 Penn State at Iowa.

“Thousands of alumni gather in the city each fall Saturday to root on their school and we are bringing College GameDay to New York for them!” ESPN vice president of production Lee Fitting said in a statement. “We want every alumni base and college football fan near and far to join us in Times Square to provide the celebratory, festive atmosphere that is synonymous with the show.”

The “GameDay” set will be located between 43rd and 44th streets. ESPN says the set will be constructed two days before and taken down immediately after the show.

Bell tweet leads to Dairy Queen gig for a day

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers’ running back Le’Veon Bell jokingly tweeted during his preseason contract holdout that he might have to apply for a job at Dairy Queen.

On Tuesday, Dairy Queen obliged.

Bell spent some time at the chain’s New Kensington store — about 20 miles (32.2 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh — learning how to make Blizzards and other treats.

Bell says his one-day gig was “harder than I thought it was going to be” and that he doesn’t think “this job is any easier than my job, and I don’t think my job is any easier than their job.”

Jared Abraham, who co-owns the store, says Dairy Queen reached out to Bell after his tweet. Abraham says, “As excited as we were to have him, he seemed just as excited.”