Selena Gomez talks 'life-or-death' kidney transplant in first post-hospital interview

Selena Gomez talks 'life-or-death' kidney transplant in first post-hospital interview

"Selena and I were in the same group and we just clicked", Raisa told Latina magazine, and they have been friends ever since.

In September, Gomez revealed her transplant via Instagram, explaining, "it was what I needed to do for my overall health".

Pop superstar Selena Gomez and her friend Francia Raísa sat down with TODAY's Savannah Guthrie for their first interview following a life-changing kidney transplant operation.

Gomez, 25, began her career on Barney & Friends and has since starred in films including Spring Breakers, The Big Short, and The Fundamentals of Caring.

Gomez also said on the morning show that she didn't want to ask anyone to donate a kidney when she learned that she would need a transplant in her fight against lupus disease.

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'That was the day I came home and she volunteered, she did it, ' she said solemnly.

The former Disney star announced the news on Instagram by posting a picture of her and Raisa holding hands on their hospital beds.

She shocked fans when she revealed her secret kidney transplant last month.

"There aren't words to describe how I can possibly thank my handsome friend Francia Raisa", Gomez said in the Instagram post. "She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me". I love you so much sis, ' she wrote.

Gomez has publicly battled lupus for the past two years.

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