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Selena Gomez Opens Up About Her Kidney Transplant

'It was really kind of life or death.'
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Last month, Selena Gomez revealed that she had a kidney transplant after battling lupus for a number of years.

And now the 25-year-old star opened up about it for the first time in an interview with the Today show. Selena was joined by her best friend Francia Raisa, who donated her kidney.

Fighting back tears, Selena said: "It was really kind of life or death. 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 interviewer Savannah Guthrie asked, "You feel like Francia saved your life?," she responded without hesitation: "Because she did. That's it."

We first found out that Selena had undergone a kidney transplant when she shared photos of her experience last month, including a snap of her in a hospital bed alongside Francia.

"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."

She went on to thank Francia, who you may recognize as the actress who plays Adrian Lee on the TV show, The Secret Life Of The American Teenager.

"And finally, 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."

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease. Its symptoms include body aches, fevers, and extreme fatigue. It can also lead to kidney and heart damage.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.