Selena Gomez is truly thankful for being given the ultimate gift.
The brunette beauty was extremely emotional, Thursday night, while accepting her “Woman of the Year” Billboard award in Hollywood. She started off her acceptance speech honoring her best friend, Francia Raísa, who donated her Kidney to the singer earlier this year. Both Gomez and Raísa, who presented the accolade, had tears filling their eyes as Gomez said “To be honest, I think Francia should be getting this award because she saved my life.”
The Mexican-American performer has battled with Lupus for many years and was supposedly two weeks away from kidney failure at the time of her transplant surgery. She continued her speech sharing her gratitude for the older women in the entertainment industry who have inspired her tremendously, and how she is so fortunate to be given such an immense platform.
“Honestly, I couldn’t be more grateful for the position I’ve been given in my career from seven to 14 to now” she said. “I want people to know I respect the platform that I have so deeply because I knew that I wanted to be part of something great and I wanted people to feel great.”
The 25-year-old shared with the world that she received a kidney transplant via Instagram in September.
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
Raísa, a 29-year-old actress, also shared the same photograph via Instagram and said “I am beyond grateful that God would trust me with something that not only saved a life, but changed mine in the process. This was part of our story, and we will share it soon, but what is important now is that this is not the only story.”
Check out Selena’s emotional speech at Billboard Women In Music 2017 ceremony below!
“I want people to know I respect the platform I have so deeply.”
— billboard (@billboard) December 1, 2017