Selena Gomez and her friend Francia Raisa, who saved her life earlier this year by giving her one of her kidneys, will talk about their experiences in an interview airing Monday on TODAY.
"Next week on TODAY: Selena Gomez and Francia Raisa speak out together for the first time since the kidney transplant that saved Selena's life," TODAY tweeted this morning alongside a photo of the two women with TODAY co-anchor Savannah Guthrie.
In a preview of their sitdown, Selena says, "My kidneys were just done. It was--that was it. And I didn't want to ask a single person in my life to be a donor...and she volunteered and did it."
When Guthrie then says, "You feel that Francia saved your life," Selena replies, "Because she did."
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