Selena Gomez and Francia Raisa
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Selena Gomez on Thursday took to Instagram to inform her fans that she is receiving a kidney transplant. Gomez wrote: "So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health."

In the post, she also went on to thank her family, doctors and her 'beautiful friend' Francia Raisa who is donating her kidney to Selena.

So, here are some lesser-known facts about her 'beautiful friend':

  • Selena and Francia have been friends for more than a decade. In 2016, Francia wrote a lengthy Instagram post to her BFF Selena for her 24th birthday: "There are so many moments we have and things you do that I cherish and don't take for granted...Whether it's crying, laughing, or simply sitting on my kitchen floor throwing our hands up in the air confused at life, I'm thankful you're always there," she added.
  • She was born and brought up in Los Angeles, California. Her father Renan Coello is an American radio personality. Raisa worked as a model and appeared in advertisements before becoming an actress.


  • Francia made her acting debut in 2005 in an episode of US action show known as Over There. Her film debut was in 2006 -- Bring It On: All or Nothing. One of biggest roles of Francia was playing Adrian on the show The Secret Life of the American Teenager that ran for five seasons.
  • Francia will reportedly appear next on Grown-ish, the upcoming highly-anticipated Black-ish spin-off. She'll be playing Ana who is an "outspoken conservative freshman" at SCU.
  • Francia danced along with Selena and their BFFs in a video called 'Douchebag'. Francia also featured in a video that Selena posted of them dancing to Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble"
  • Francia's manager is actually Selena Gomez's stepdad Brian Teefey. While talking about the 'ultimate sacrifice' of Francia for her friend, Brian told Hollywood Life: "I am not only Francia's manager but also Selena's father so the magnitude of what Francia has done for our family cannot be put into words."
  • They consider themselves to be sisters from another mother. They call each other "sister" or "hermana." Selena had reportedly gifted a necklace to Francia that said: "a sister is a forever friend" Selena when they first met.