Selena Gomez and Francia Raisa made headlines in 2017 after the Secret Life of the American Teenager alum donated a kidney to the former Disney Channel star, but where does their friendship stand now?
In March 2021, the Wizards of Waverly Place actress noted that she’s “forever grateful” to Francia in a Twitter post celebrating World Kidney Day. “Thank you for blessing me,” Selena wrote, when reposting the actress’ thread about her “kidney donation process.”
Selena’s social media post came as a surprise to some fans as there have been longstanding rumors that the duo had a falling out after their transplant surgeries. In 2019, RadarOnline reported that the pair was no longer friends. Neither of them ever spoke out about the speculation surrounding their friendship, but the “Bad Liar” songstress did post a birthday tribute dedicated to Francia in July 2020. “Happy birthday to an incredible human being that I’ve known since I was 14,” Selena wrote via Instagram Stories. “Your grace, strength and passion for who you love and what you do has always inspired me. I love you always.”
Years later, Selena revealed via Instagram that Francia “gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me” following complications from Lupus.
“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,” the Monte Carlo shared with fans in September 2017. “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.”
At the time, Francia shared her own social media post, writing, “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.”
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