Selena Gomez gave an emotional speech on Thursday when she received the Billboard “Woman of the Year” award, saying her best friend, who gave her a kidney earlier this year, should be the rightful recipient of the praise.
During her acceptance speech Gomez wept as she paid tribute to Francia Raisa who donated her kidney to the pop star earlier this year.
The pop star teared up as Raisa presented her with the award. “To be honest, I think Francia should be getting this award because she saved my life,” Gomez told the audience.
Gomez later reflected on how “incredibly lucky” she was.
“Honestly, I couldn’t be more grateful for the position I’ve been given in my career from seven to 14 to now,” she said. “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’m so grateful for the older women who have lifted all of us up because I couldn’t be here without any of you,” she added as she thanked the women who had come before her in the entertainment industry.
Gomez revealed via this Instagram post in September that she’d undergone a kidney transplant due to her lupus, and that Raisa was her donor.
"Francia should get this award…she saved my life." – Selena Gomez
— billboard (@billboard) December 1, 2017