Selena Gomez and the best friend who gave her the organ are sitting down to reveal more about the operation which saved the singer’s life.
The 25-year-old fought back tears as she told Savannah Guthrie how she would have died had it not been for Francia Raisa, 29, her best friend who volunteered to give one of her kidneys up when Selena’s went into failure in May.
‘It was really kind of life or death,’ Gomez, whose battle with Lupus is well-documented, told Guthrie.
Gomez, who has since bounced back to work, also revealed that she did not want to ask ‘a single person’ for an organ when she discovered she needed the transplant.
‘My kidneys were just done. That was it and I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life.
That was the day I came home and she volunteered, she did it,’ she said solemnly.
When Guthrie probed: ‘You feel like Francia saved your life?’ the singer responded without hesitation: ‘Because she did. That’s it.‘
The interview will be shown in three parts; the first two will be aired on Today on Monday October 30 and Tuesday October 31.
The third will be shown on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.