Selena Gomez’s friend Francia Raisa said that they both “went through a depression” after she gave her kidney to the 25-year-old pop star.
Selena Gomez and friend of Francia Raisa is opening up about the “depression” the few ago, after she donated her kidney to the 25-year-old pop star as part of her treatment for lupus.
Raisa, 29, made the remarks in a video clip that was published on Wednesday. Gomez, she said, and told her over FaceTime and she was a match.
“And I’m like, ‘Yay… what? How do you know this?'” the “Adult-ish” actress said. “I had a way I wanted to tell her when I made the decision. I knew it would happen, I needed that time, as if it were a great thing.”
She continued, “So I hang up and I call my social worker and I am angry. And she told me, ‘It will be difficult: the recipient is going to glow, and she is going to recover much faster than the donor is, because they have something that they need. You lose something you don’t have to lose. It will be difficult.’ And it was very difficult. Selena and I went through a depression.”
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Gomez, according to Raisa, “had a number of complications with her, and she is larger scars, then you know that I do.”
Raisa said that Gomez, a text message from her, “I’m so afraid that I might die.”
“I was like, ‘What?’ And I – I was calling someone, and when she got the complication where the kidney turned around and broke an artery,” Raisa revealed. “And she had to go back in and they actually had a vein from her leg, so she has a scar from here, and um, building a wall around her artery.”
Gomez also opened up about her battle with depression in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar in the beginning of February.
I am very aware a number of my fans had noticed I was quieter part of the summer and ask why I am not promoting my new music, which I was very proud of. I did find out that I needed to have a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I had to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, my journey through these last couple of months, I’ve always wanted to do it 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 after the surgery. And finally, there are no words to describe how I can possibly thank my lovely friend Francia Raisa. They gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus is still very misunderstood, but there is progress. For more information about Lupus, visit the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace, through faith
“[Depression] is not something I feel I ever will overcome it,” Gomez told the magazine. “There will not be a day on which I said,” I am Here in a beautiful dress— I’ve won!’ I think it’s a conflict I go to the face for the rest of my life, and I’m okay with that, because I know that I choose about anything else.”
The singer is very open about her life-saving transplant.
“As soon as I get the kidney transplant of my arthritis went away,” the singer told TODAY in October. “My lupus — there is about a 3-5 percent chance that it’ll ever come back. My blood pressure is better. My energy, my life is better.”
Gomez praised Raisa during a speech for the Billboard Woman of the Year Award in November 2017.
“I think Francia should be for this award. She has saved my life … I feel incredibly happy,” she said at the time.