Selena Gomez Got A Big Honor But Says Her Friend Who Donated A Kidney Deserves It More

"Francia should be getting this award because she saved my life."

When people normally win or are presented with awards, it's customary for them to thank all the people in their lives who helped them get to that moment. But, for Selena Gomez, that simple act clearly meant a whole lot more when it meant that she got to thank Francia Raisa, the friend she received a kidney from during her ongoing battle with lupus.


"When we first met, we bonded immediately," Raisa, who is most famous for The Secret Life of the American Teenager and the upcoming Grown-ish, said when introducing Gomez. "When I found out I was a match for Selena, I didn't think twice about it."

"To be honest, I think Francia should be getting this award because she saved my life," the "Bad Liar" singer began her acceptance speech for last night's Woman of the Year at Billboard's Women in Music event, with Raisa and Elle Fanning, Gomez's co-star for the upcoming Woody Allen movie A Rainy Day in New York, onstage as well. Gomez held back tears and noted just how "incredibly lucky" she is for a new lease on life.

"I couldn't be more grateful for the position that I've been given in my career," Gomez added. "I want people to know I respect the platform I have so deeply because I knew that I wanted to be a part of something great and I wanted people to feel great because I love people."

The 13 Reasons Why producer went on to thank everyone for sticking by her through "some really hard time" and that she "couldn't be luckier" to have people who believe in her even when she doesn't necessarily believe in herself.

"I've never felt this proud to be a woman in the industry than I do today and that's because I actually feel comfortable with every single woman that has encouraged me," Gomez said. "And I'm so grateful for the older women who have lifted all of us up because I couldn't be here without any of you. So thank you for all of you that have inspired so many girls who don't feel that they have a voice."

Ending the speech, Gomez didn't miss an opportunity to send a cute shoutout to her little sister Gracie and tease that she might release "an epic album next year."

Watch Selena Gomez's Woman of the Year speech here:

Cover image via @billboard / Twitter


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