Selena Gomez, 27, celebrated her birthday this July in Italy, showing appreciation for her loved ones and fans in her Instagram post. “Well I’m 27 now. I wanted to thank each and every one of you for your words on my bday. Not just the quick notes. The thought that goes behind every word you write usually ends up with me crying grateful tears like I did last night. Praying for all of you!! I LOVE YOU,” she wrote.

Gomez started her rise to fame back in 2002 when she starred in the PBS kids’ series, Barney & Friends when she was just ten years old. Since then, Gomez has excelled in her career as an artist, selling upwards of seven million albums.

In the past, she frequently received press attention for her involvement with now ex boyfriend, Justin Bieber but in 2017, media discussion around the young singer took a more serious turn.

Two years back, Gomez announced to fans via Instagram that she had been diagnosed with Lupus and had to undergo a kidney transplant surgery that would keep her out of the limelight for some time. She has made a full recovery from the operation allowing her to return to her career.

In Italy, she took a gondola ride, while the sunset seemed to illuminate her figure. She welcomed her new year in life drifting through the water.