Selena Gomez’s former best friend Francia Raisa has shut down rumours she was force to donate her kidney to the singer.
The actress, 35, made headlines in 2017 with her incredible act of kindness, donating to help Gomez, 31, as she battled lupus-related organ damage.
Speaking on the Good Guys Podcast, she was quizzed about the procedure, prompting her to explain: ‘I just felt it in my heart, I knew I was a match. I knew it was gonna happen.
‘No one forced me to do anything. It came out of the genuine kindness of my heart and I’ve been super blessed ever since.’
She went on to reveal that she considers herself to be a ‘walking success story’, noting ‘I take better care of myself now than I did before’ and that she uses her experience to help other people considering organ donation.
Speaking out: Selena Gomez’s former best friend Francia Raisa appeared on the Good Guys Podcast to shut down rumours she was force to donate her kidney to the singer
Bonded for life: The actress, 35, made headlines in 2017 with her incredible act of kindness, donating to help Gomez, Maglia Liverpool 31, as she battled lupus-related organ damage
Raisa first met Gomez in 2007 when they were teenagers and they instantly developed a tight bond and attended a number of red carpet events together.
Yet since donating a kidney to Gomez, the pair have had a fractious relationship and were publicly feuding for months.
Yet this no longer seems to be the case, with the How I Met Your Father star, insisting she has ‘no beef’ with Gomez, who recently posted a birthday tribute in her honor.
While speaking to TMZ last month, Raisa remained tight-lipped about the exact status of her friendship with the Rare Beauty founder, although she did make it clear that they aren’t currently feuding.
The performer recently followed Gomez back on Instagram, signaling they may have reconciled their friendship.
The Grammy nominee shocked fans after publicly wishing Raisa a happy birthday, despite their vicious feud.
‘Happiest of birthdays to this special human beings. No matter where life takes us, I love you. @franciaraisa,’ wrote the Disney Channel alum, 31, on Instagram Wednesday.
She included some of her favorite photos with Raisa, including one of the pair posing together at her star-studded 30th birthday party last July.
BFFs: Raisa first met Gomez in 2007 when they were teenagers and they instantly developed a tight bond and attended a number of red carpet events together but have fallen out in recent years (pictured in 2017)
The pair have had a rocky friendship in the years since Raisa donated a life-saving kidney to Gomez in 2017.
Gomez needed a new kidney after suffering organ damage related to her lupus diagnosis.
To honor Raisa’s incredible sacrifice, they each got the surgery date tattooed.
A year after the transplant, Gomez was seen partying and consuming alcohol, which allegedly led to Raisa confronting her about her ‘unhealthy choices.’
They reconciled in late 2018 after Gomez suffered a mental breakdown and checked herself into a facility.
But tensions flared last year when Gomez told Rolling Stone that her ‘only friend in the industry’ is fellow pop diva Taylor Swift.
Raisa remarked: ‘Interesting,’ on Instagram and made her feelings clear by subsequently unfollowing Gomez.
When a TikTok account posted a video documenting the burgeoning drama, Gomez snidely took to the comment section to write: ‘Sorry I didn’t mention every person I know.’
Adding fuel to the fire, Gomez also failed to mention Raisa as she spoke candidly about her mental and physical health in her Apple TV+ documentary My Mind And Me.
Gomez did show appreciation for Raisa as she candidly discussed the life-saving transplant while appearing on the streamer’s series Dear….
‘I love you’: Gomez made a shock move by publicly wishing her ex-BFF a happy birthday last month despite their vicious feud
She revealed that the actress took it upon herself to get tested to see if she could be a kidney donor and said it was ‘unbelievably overwhelming’ that Raisa didn’t even second-guess making the decision.
But another wedge was seemingly put between the pair the following month when a TikTok comment went viral of Gomez referring to Swift — not Raisa — as her ‘best friend.’
In May, Raisa appeared to shade her former BFF by avoiding all questions about her while out in LA.
Raisa was asked about the state of her relationship with the Rare Beauty founder and if they are on speaking terms but she refused to share any insight.
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