Selena Gomez honors Francia Raisa for life-saving transplant

Selena Gomez pays emotional tribute to Francia Raisa for life-saving transplant

Selena has dedicated Billboard’s Woman of the Year award to her kidney donor and best friend Francia Raisa

She added: "I feel like for me, with my music, I've been able to illustrate the things that I want". The 25-year-old gave a candid acceptance speech where she spoke about her kidney transplant in September this year.

"When I found out I was a [kidney type] match for Selena, I didn't think twice about it", Raisa said before she handed Gomez the award.

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).

Over the summer, when Gomez was still dating The Weeknd, she revealed that she underwent life-saving surgery. The former Fifth Harmony member performed her sultry single "Havana", which hit No. 1 on Billboard's pop songs charts this week.

Justin Bieber's girlfriend wept as she explained that the award belonged to Raisa who saved her life by giving her the biggest gift of all. "Seeing all these women come up here tonight and say these lovely speeches with their awards is so inspiring", she told the crowd, then paying tribute to those who have helped her get to that point. Does she feel like it is a battle scar? She went on to thank her team for helping her through a rough year.

"I don't know how I'll repay it, maybe I'll make an epic album for you guys and everyone else", she said in her speech teasing new music. "I want people to know I respect the platform that I have so deeply because I knew that I wanted to be part of something great and I wanted people to feel great".

"I don't have ideal abs, but I feel like I'm wonderfully made", she said. "I feel like I'm crowning this year's prom queen". In acting and in film, you're around a much more stable community.

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