Selena Gomez has finally opened up about her kidney transplant.
In the interview, which aired on the Today show Monday morning, Gomez along with best friend Francia Raisa, talked about the procedure that changed her life. The 25-year-old, who revealed she could have died if she hadn’t gotten the transplant, told Savannah Guthrie she faced years waiting for a new kidney if it wasn't for Raisa. “It’s incredibly difficult to find a match,” Gomez said. “You could have your entire family tested and nobody could be a match.’”
Raisa, who was living with Gomez at the time, began to see the severity of her illness and decided to help. “One day she came home and she was emotional. I hadn’t asked anything. I knew she hadn’t been feeling well,” the actress told Guthrie. “She couldn’t open a water bottle one day. She chucked it and she started crying. And I said, ‘What’s wrong?’ and that’s when she told me. And she goes, ‘I don’t know what to do. The list is seven to ten years long. And it just vomited out of me, ‘Of course I’ll get tested.’”
Due to Gomez's condition, the Grown-ish star got six months worth of testing done in one day. Thankfully, Raisa was a match.
Following two surgeries, the Mexican-American beauty immediately felt a difference in her body. “As soon as I got the kidney transplant, my arthritis went away,” Gomez recalls. “My lupus — there’s about a 3 to 5 percent chance it’ll ever come back. My blood pressure is better. My energy, my life has been better.”
Back in September, the 13 Reasons Why actress revealed she had the kidney transplant over the summer due to her lupus. The former Disney Channel star shared a heartwarming photo of herself and Raisa laying in hospital beds side-by-side. “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,” a grateful Gomez wrote.
Watch the whole tear-jerking interview above!