Selena Gomez Opens Up About How Francia Raisa Saved Her Life With Her Kidney Donation

This will be the first time she opens up about it since the transplant.

In September 2017, Selena Gomez revealed on Instagram that she had undergone a kidney transplant after her "beautiful friend" Francia Raisa donated a kidney to her.

The singer said she needed a kidney transplant as part of her battle with lupus, an autoimmune disease that she had been diagnosed with in 2015. Gomez had previously undergone chemotherapy for the condition and took a career break in August 2016 after suffering from "anxiety, panic attacks, and depression" due to her condition.


Over a month since the Instagram announcement, Gomez and Raisa are opening up in their first interview about the transplant on NBC's TODAY.

The full interview with the best friends and Savannah Guthrie will air on Oct. 30 and Oct .31 on the TODAY show, but a teaser was released on Friday, Oct. 27. In the preview for the emotional interview, Gomez recalls the poor condition of her kidneys and her reluctance to ask for donors.

She says, "My kidneys were just done. That was it and I didn't want to ask a single person in my life. "And she [Raisa] volunteered and did it."

When Guthrie asks Gomez, "You feel that Francia saved your life?" The singer affirmatively responds. 

"Because she did. That's it," she said. "I guess I got to the point where it was really kind of life or death."

(H/T: People)

UPDATE: This article has been updated to include the resulting video from the TODAY interview.


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