Selena Gomez pays emotional tribute to kidney donor Francia Raisa

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Selena Gomez pays emotional tribute to kidney donor Francia Raisa

The event was attended by many high-profile artists including Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Ciara, and Camila Cabello who were moved as Miss Gomez brought up her best friend "sister" and kidney donor Francia Raisa, on stage.

An emotional Selena Gomez couldn't hold back her tears as she thanked best friend Francia Raisa for "saving her life" at the Billboard Women In Music awards in Los Angeles on Thursday (30 November). "What I think about when I think of Woman of the Year is how impactful the women have been in our industry lately; it's honestly crucial and remarkable and makes me feel more comfortable to be part of this industry".

"I don't have ideal abs, but I feel like I'm wonderfully made", she said. "We are so close that we literally are the same kidney type".

Raisa presented the woman of the year award to Gomez, who had a transplant due to her struggle with lupus. I think for me what's been great is that I've been able to live the life that I've wanted for myself.

The "Wolves" singer was asked about the allegations against her director in a new interview with Billboard, and she is not quite sure how to respond.

"It was so positive for our friendship", she says about the operation.

Yep, we warned you.

The star confirmed she'd undergone kidney surgery back in mid-September, with the singer taking to Instagram to admit "there aren't enough words to describe how I can possibly thank my handsome friend", along with a photo of the pair holding hands in separate hospital beds. Does she feel like it is a battle scar? The 25-year-old faced serious (and understandable) backlash, because the 82-year-old was accused of sexually abusing his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, when she was just seven years old.

As this was a Women in Music event, Gomez's speech was heavily focused on females meaning she gracefully side-stepped any mentioned of Justin Bieber or The Weeknd. I'm very, very lucky. "I love you so much sis".

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