Selena Gomez Opens Up About Her Kidney Transplant And Credits Friend With Saving ‘Her Life’

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Selena Gomez got emotional about her kidney transplant and credits her friend with saving her life in a clip posted Friday from her interview that will air next week on “Today.”

“My kidneys were just done,” the 25-year-old singer shared in a preview from her first joint interview with her pal Francia Raisa, who donated her kidney in a procedure earlier this year. (RELATED: PHOTOS: Selena Gomez Inks Multi-Million Dollar Contract As Face Of New Ad Campaign)

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“That was it and I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life,” she added. “That was the day I came home and found out. She volunteered and did it.”

NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie then asked the “Bad Liar” singer, “you feel that Francia saved your life?” To which she answered, “Absolutely.”

“Because she did,” Gomez responded. “That’s it.”

Last month, the “Fetish” singer shared that she had undergone the surgery as part of her ongoing battle with Lupus in a post on her social media account. In the shot, she and her friend are in the hospital.

“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 wrote in the caption next to the post. “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,” she added. “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.”