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Selena Gomez attended Billboard's Women in Music event in Los Angeles on Thursday, where she casually picked up the Woman of the Year Award. But the singer said she wished the award had gone to her best friend Francia Raisa (opens in new tab), who saved Selena's life by donating a kidney before her surgery.
Selena ended up giving giving a highly emotional speech saying as much, and at one point broke down crying.
"Francia should get this award...she saved my life." - Selena Gomez Watch her full #womeninmusic acceptance speech: https://t.co/isSIXf6NLa pic.twitter.com/6Tv2z6jJaiDecember 1, 2017
"I think Francia should be getting this award," Selena said through tears. “She saved my life… I feel incredibly lucky."
Selena had a kidney transplant over the summer thanks to complications with lupus, which she's been struggling with for years. She recently recounted her heath problems at the Lupus Research Alliance Annual Gala, saying (opens in new tab), "it actually got to a point where it was life-or-death."
Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.
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