Selena Gomez tearfully thanks friend who saved her life

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Earlier this year, Raisa donated her kidney to Gomez, who has been her lifelong friend. "It took me about five years and moments where I needed to step away and be alone and fight those fights on my own, or go away to a place where I could focus on that".

"I'm so grateful for all the older women who have lifted all of us up, because I couldn't be here without any of you", she said.

"I feel incredibly lucky", Gomez began.

Michael Kovac/Getty Images for BillboardSelena Gomez accepted her Woman of the Year award at the Billboard Women in Music event Thursday night, tearfully thanking her best friend and kidney donor, Francia Raisa.

Speaking with Billboard, Selena opened up about her relationship with Instagram, where she's still the most followed person on the platform. Does she feel like it is a battle scar? It's a really handsome thing and I have to remind myself of that.

"When people look up to me, I want them to see my life and have it reflect theirs and understand that if I can make it through everything that I've made it through and still making it through, you can do it as well".

Renee also spoke with Francia before she presented Selena with the Billboard honor.

"I remember looking at myself in the mirror completely naked and thinking about all the things that I used to bitch about and just asking, 'Why?' I had someone in my life for a very long time who pointed out all the things that I didn't feel great about with myself", Gomez said.

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