Selena Gomez says she owes her life to her longtime friend, Francia
Selena and Francia sat down with “TODAY’s”
Savannah Guthrie for their first interview since Selena revealed in September
that she had undergone a kidney transplant following the health issues she’s
had as she battled lupus. In the emotional interview, which airs on Monday
on the “Today” show, Selena said that her friend and fellow actress
Francia, literally saved her life.
“My kidneys were just done. That was it and I didn’t want to
ask a single person in my life. And she volunteered and did it,” Selena
revealed in a video sneak peek from the interview that she posted on her
“You feel that Francia saved your life?” Savannah asks Selena
in the clip.
Selena nodded and responded, “Because she did. That’s it. I guess I got to the point where it was really
kind of life or death.”
In September, when the “Fetish”
singer first revealed to her fans that she had undergone a successful kidney
transplant, she shared a touching note about Francia on her Instagram.
“There aren’t words to
describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave
me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am
incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis,” she wrote, captioning a photo
of the pair holding hands in side-by-side hospital beds.
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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. 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. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith
It looks like Francia and Sel’s bond is stronger than ever.
— Kevin Zelman
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