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Selena Gomez Didn’t Have Time To Think About Asking Someone To Donate Their Kidney For Her Before Her BFF Volunteered

Last month, Selena Gomez and Francia Raísa let fans in on a major secret: both had undergone separate surgical procedures in order to save Gomez’s life. The two shared pictures related to the procedures on Instagram, but didn’t go in depth about the full story, until now. In an interview with Savannah Guthrie of the “TODAY” Show, Gomez and Raísa finally sat down together to share the full story behind the surgery that saved Gomez’s life.

According to Raísa, as soon as she learned what Gomez needed, she knew exactly what she was going to do.

I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. 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. 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 continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith

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Gomez has been open about her struggle with Lupus, an autoimmune disorder, in the past. In 2016, the “Fetish” singer explained to fans that she’d be canceling the remaining dates of her concert tour to address the anxiety and depression she was dealing with related to the disease. Nearly a year later, her disorder posed a life threatening situation. Her immune system began to target her kidneys.

“One day she came home and she was emotional. I hadn’t asked anything. I knew that she hadn’t been feeling well,” Raísa tells Guthrie about her friend. “She couldn’t open a water bottle one day. She chucked it and just started crying and I said, ‘What’s wrong?’ That’s when she told me. She goes, ‘I don’t know what to do. The list is 7 to 10 years long.’ It just vomited out of me, like ‘Of course I’ll get tested.’ I called her assistant and I said, ‘Give me the information. I want to do this.'”

Raísa further explained that Gomez’s condition had swiftly become an extreme health detriment and the process to donate her kidney became a race. The urgency of the situation meant Raísa had to do “everything in a day” even though “usually the process takes six months.”

For Raísa, the decision to help her friend was obvious, but it did not come without concerns.

It's a #revival kind of day. So proud of you hermanita!!! Favorite songs: sober and body heat hands down!!! ????

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“I had to write a will, which was scary, because there’s no guarantee you’ll wake up,” Raísa said, explaining how her family felt conflicted with her decision. “My mom didn’t want to be there until after I woke up. She loves Selena so she was torn.”

Before the transplant, Gomez knew she wanted to make the most of her time with her friend.

Feliz cumpleaños a mi hermana, My forever friend ❤️

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“I wanted us to feel good so our friend came over and did cute little French braids for us,” Gomez tells Guthrie in the interview.

“We couldn’t eat after midnight so we stuffed our faces,” Raísa says adding, “[We ordered] way too much food.”

But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Gomez, who experienced a complication with her surgery.

Post transplant surgery, Gomez explained that she went to her hospital room and attempted to sleep, but that’s when things got scary. The 25-year-old singer began to experience severe pain and started hyperventilating as she tried to fall asleep. She was eventually rushed into emergency surgery after doctors discovered part of the donated kidney had “flipped” inside of her. She was ultimately able to recover from the six-hour emergency procedure that she says typically takes two.

“My teeth were grinding. I was freaking out,” Gomez told Guthrie. “Apparently one of the arteries had flipped. I’m very thankful that there are people that know what to do in that situation.”

Raísa and Gomez hope their story gives others hope.

“My arthritis went away. My lupus has about a 3 to 5 percent chance that it’ll ever come back. My blood pressure is better. My energy, my life has been better,” Gomez told Guthrie through tears. “I just really hope that we can help somebody. I really do. I don’t think that what we went through is easy. I don’t think it was fun. I just hope that this inspires people to feel good and to know that there are really good people in the world.”

Watch the interview below:


READ: The Interview Hasn’t Even Aired And People Are Already Talking About How Selena Gomez And Francia Raisa Are Friendship Goals

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It’s The Beginning Of The Year And Cardi B and Selena Gomez Have Already Topped Spotify’s Most-Streamed Female Artists

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It’s The Beginning Of The Year And Cardi B and Selena Gomez Have Already Topped Spotify’s Most-Streamed Female Artists

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Spotify released a list of the music streaming service’s most-popular female artists, and it’s filled with Latina singers.

The platform, which has tens of millions of subscribers from across the world, including Latin American countries like Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and the Dominican Republic, created catalogs for its most-streamed female artists worldwide and in the US between January 1 and March 1 of 2019.

Globally, Dominicana-Trinidadian rapper Cardi B came out higher than any other Latina artist at No. 8, unsurprisingly as the Bronx hitmaker followed her 2018 platinum debut album “Invasion of Privacy” with several more bangers like “Money” and, most recently,” “Please Me” with Bruno Mars.

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Behind Cardi is Selena Gomez (No. 9), whose 2018 hits “Taki Taki” and “Back To You” continue to dominate just about everyone’s playlists.

Latin American artists also made the list, with colombiana Karol G at 13. Cuban-Mexican breakout Camila Cabello followed at 14, Chicana Becky G at 16 and Demi Lovato at 18.

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Similar to Spotify’s worldwide streams, there were also six Latinas on the platform’s 20 most-listened to female artists in the US.

Once again, Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar leads her compañeras, this time making the top five at No. 4. Following behind her is Kehlani (No. 9), Camila Cabello (No. 10), Selena Gomez (No. 12), Demi Lovato (No. 16) and the Puerto Rican-Mexican singer-songwriter Julia Michaels at No. 18.

The list shows the growing strength of Latinas in music, especially the rise of Spanish-language urbano hits, as artists like Cardi (“I Like It”), Selena (“Taki Taki”), Camila (“Havana”), Karol G (“Mi Cama”), Becky G (“Sin Pijama”) and Demi Lovato’s (“Échame La Culpa”) chart-toppers in the last year were partly or fully sung in Spanish.

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Check out Spotify’s full lists of the most-streamed female artists of 2019 worldwide and in the US below.

The 20 most-streamed female artists in the world:

1. Ariana Grande

2. Billie Eilish

3. Lady Gaga

4. Halsey

5. Dua Lipa

6. Taylor Swift

7. Rihanna

8. Cardi B

9. Selena Gomez

10. Nicki Minaj

11. Sia

12. Bebe Rexha

13. Karol G

14. Camila Cabello

15. Anne-Marie

16. Becky G

17. Beyoncé

18. Demi Lovato

19. Miley Cyrus

20. Adele

The 20 most-streamed female artists in the US:

1. Ariana Grande

2. Billie Eilish

3. Halsey

4. Cardi B

5. Taylor Swift

6. Nicki MInaj

7. Lady Gaga

8. Rihanna

9. Kehlani

10. Camila Cabello

11. Dua Lipa

12. Selena Gomez

13. Bebe Rexha

14. Beyonce

15. Ella Mai

16. Demi Lovato

17. SZA

18. Julia Michaels

19. Sia

20. Lana Del Rey

Read: Up Next: Rombai Is Ushering In The Return Of Latin Pop Bands

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These Empowering Latina Jams Are Perfect To Add To Your Galentine’s Day Playlist

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These Empowering Latina Jams Are Perfect To Add To Your Galentine’s Day Playlist

Happy Galentine’s Day, mamis! What, you never heard of the holiday? According to Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope, who made it a thing, “it’s only the best day of the year.” And she ain’t lying. Galentine’s Day, observed February 13, is a day to celebrate love — between your hermanas!

As the fictional character played by Amy Poehler in the series said, it’s “ladies celebrating ladies.” Whether you’re single or in a relationship, it’s a time to bring your closest gals together, either for brunch, evening cocktails, mani-pedis or an old-school slumber party, and bask in the beauty, love and joy of your friendship.

No Galentine’s Day commemoration would be complete without some girl power tunes. Here, a celebration playlist you and your bella squad can bang out to while toasting to being ride-or-dies.

1. Remind your mamis what’s in store for them this Galentine’s Day with “Ladies Night.”

This Lil’ Kim classic, featuring Boricua Angie Martinez, Left Eye, Da Brat and Missy Elliot, will undoubtedly get the squad hyped for the Galentine’s festivities to come.

2. Today’s all about feelin’ good, so you have to bring out Demi Lovato’s “Confident.”

On Galentine’s Day, you shower your femme squad with compliments — as you probably do any day of the week — and try your best to make sure the whole gang knows their worth.

3. Remind your nenas they are bomb just as they are with Bomba Estéreo’s “Soy Yo.”

Sure, if we’re being real with our chicas, as we should be, there’s room for all of us to grow as individuals, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t great already. Colombiana Li Saumet will have all the gals loving on themselves, and all their complexities, with this 2016 banger.

4. If this is a single ladies kind of festivity, pull out Paloma Mami’s “Not Steady.”

If your squad is the type that yells “soltera para siempre” as they toast their champagne, you need this chilena’s bop about not wanting to settle down blasting at the pari.

5. Remind your amigas that lovers “Can’t Hold Us Down” with this Christina Aguilera and Lil’ Kim classic.

Even if your squad is mixed, with single ladies and mujeres in relationships, both will appreciate la ecuatoriana’s still-relevant message about not letting your boo, or the patriarchy, keep you down.

6. After all, you can’t tame a boss bitch.

Just ask puertorriqueña Kelis, whose 2006 jam “Bossy,” featuring Too $hort, will have all the girls embracing their inner jefa.

7. Ride out with the nenas as the car radio blares Selena Gomez’s “Me & My Girls.”

Pre-game: check. It’s time to hit the dance floor, and this young mexicana will have you and your chicas feelin’ alive and set to shake the night away.

8. Put your worries aside with Mariah Carey’s “It’s Like That.”

As the venezolana says, “no stress, no fights … no tears, no time to cry.” Tonight is all about you and your girls livin’ it up. So heed Mariah’s advice and “open off that Bacardi” and feel “so hot tamale.”

9. Feelin’ it yet? Good! ‘Cause Cardi B’s “Money Bag” is about to have all the mamis twerking.

Like the dominicana’s own “bloody gang,” your crew is so bad that you’re out on the dance floor lookin’ “like bridesmaids,” so do like Cardi and drop that confident ass low.

10. But make sure Ivy Queen’s “Quiero Bailar” reminds everybody else that this is a Galentine’s Day party.

Swaying those hips is catching some attention. No one hates when some of the girls dance up with folk who aren’t in the crew, but let the Bori reggaetonera let the desperadxs know this is a girls’ night and the crew is going home together — punto.

Read: Watching Women In Her Life Abandon Relationships When Romance Arrives, This Latina Is Calling For A New Love Hierarchy

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