Selena Gomez is on the mend thanks to a selfless friend named Francia Raisa. Francia donated her kidney to Selena, who needed a transplant due to lupus. The “Bad Liar” songstress revealed she underwent the secret transplant surgery over the summer via an emotional Instagram post on Thursday, September 14.
In her post, she thanked Francia for helping her in a dire time. Here are five things you need to know about Selena’s lifelong pal:
1. They Met in 2007 While Visiting a Children’s Hospital
The duo met in 2007 when they visited a Children's Hospital with Disney. Raisa, who is five years older than Selena, later shared in an interview with Latina magazine that they were in the same group and they “just clicked."
2. She’s Also an Actress
Francia is best known for her role on ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She’s also appeared in TV series Over There and in Bring it On: All or Nothing alongside Hayden Panettiere.
3. She and Selena Always Support Each Other
In July 2016, Francia posted a tribute Instagram in honor of Selena helping her through a hard time.
4. She’s an Entrepreneur
Francia is also one smart cookie. In 2015, the model/actress launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund Ellobella, a wrinkle-resistant dress that comes in a custom carrying case and can be folded small enough to fit into your purse.
5. She Recently Landed a Big New Role
The actress recently joined the cast of the Black-ish spinoff Grown-ish, which will premiere in 2018.
And, of course, she’s one of the most selfless friends we’ve ever heard about <3