"I'm so proud and happy to be a part of the industry while it is changing in this way and I couldn't be more honoured to be a part of that". At an event meant to elevate women, Gomez couldn't hold back tears as she centered her friendship with Raísa in her speech for the evening's top award.
The star confirmed she'd undergone kidney surgery back in mid-September, with the singer taking to Instagram to admit "there aren't enough words to describe how I can possibly thank my lovely friend", along with a photo of the pair holding hands in separate hospital beds.
Earlier in the day, her Billboard cover was released. "Because she saved my life".
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"It was so positive for our friendship", she says about the operation. "She is my biggest champion and my best cheerleader, and I hers".
After taking a few moments to compose herself, the 25-year-old continued her speech, saying, "I feel incredibly lucky". "She [saved my life]", Gomez said.
"That time for me was so painful and really hard and very lonely".
Meanwhile, if she wanted to cover up her scar, she could, but doesn't plan to just yet: "When I look at my body now, I just see life". It was what I needed to do for my overall health.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. In acting and in film, you're around a much more stable community.