Meet Selena Gomez’s Kidney Donor (and Longtime Friend) Francia Raisa

Beatrice Verhoeven
Meet Selena Gomez’s Kidney Donor (and Longtime Friend) Francia Raisa

Selena Gomez told her loyal Instagram followers on Thursday that she took a step back from her career over the summer to recover from a kidney transplant. And the person generous enough to donate a kidney? Gomez’s longtime friend, actress Francia Raisa, best known for her role in ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”

“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,” Gomez shared on Instagram. “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.”

According to ET Online, Gomez and Raisa have been friends for nearly a decade.

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“There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa,” Gomez wrote. “She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.”

Raisa shared in a 2013 interview that she met Gomez six years before when Disney and ABC Family had the stars of their shows visit a children’s hospital. “We just clicked,” Raisa told Latina.

In a 2016 Instagram post, Raisa opened up about her close friendship with Gomez, sharing how the pop star helped her through a rough breakup.

Raisa most recently appeared on “The Mindy Project” and the Netflix series “Dear White People.”

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In October 2015, Gomez revealed she had been diagnosed with lupus and had to undergo chemotherapy. And in August 2016, Gomez took a career break after suffering from “anxiety, panic attacks and depression” from her struggle with lupus.

See Gomez’s post below.

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