Video Of Selena Gomez's Kidney Transplant Interview Is So, So Emotional
Selena Gomez is finally ready to talk about her recent life-saving surgery and, in the teaser video of Selena Gomez's kidney transplant interview with the Today show, it’s so real and emotional. Make sure to tune in for the full interview next week, where Gomez and her kidney donor, BFF Francia Raisa, explain everything for the first time. Gomez is in tears as she explains her failing health and how Raisa literally saved her life.
The Today show tweeted a photo of Gomez and Raisa, writing: “Next week on TODAY: @selenagomez & @therealfrancia speak out together for the 1st time since the kidney transplant that saved Selena’s life.”
In the clip of the interview with Savannah Guthrie, Gomez fights back tears as she explains, “My kidneys were just done. That was it.”
She continues, “I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life ... and she volunteered and did it.”
There’s no doubt in Gomez’s mind that Raisa’s selfless act kept her alive. When Guthrie asked, “You feel that Francia saved your life?” Gomez responded, “Because she did. That’s it.”
Last month, Gomez revealed that she had a kidney transplant over the summer, posting a photo of her and Raisa together in the hospital, with this explanation to fans:
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.
Gomez hasn’t spoken about the surgery since, but at the time of the Instagram post, Us Weekly reported that, according to a source:
Francia is a wonderful friend with a huge heart. They’ve thought of each other as sisters, and beyond their obvious bond through work and womanhood, they also share a lot through their faith and being Latina. Francia is incredibly supportive and would provide a shoulder to cry on for any friend in need. She really is a wonderfully special person.
Fans were overwhelmed with the teaser video for Gomez and Raisa’s Today show interview, with tweets in response such as: “Oh God I can't!! My heart. I've to prepare myself mentally, emotionally , physically and spiritually before I can watch” and “We love you so much Selena! You are so strong and brave.”
Another fan tweeted: “Selena is so strong & Francia is so brave :')”
After the time off to focus on her health, Gomez is back in the spotlight again, with the release of a new song “Wolves” this week and her upcoming performance at the 2017 American Music Awards on Nov. 19, where she’ll sing the new single. This will be her first performance since she had the kidney transplant and no doubt will be a special moment for her and all her fans.
The interview with Gomez and Raisa airs in a two-part installment on the Today show on Monday, Oct. 30 and Tuesday, Oct. 31.
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