Francia Raisa Says Selena Gomez Rift ‘Had Nothing to Do’ With Kidney Transplant: ‘We Trauma Bonded’

Francia Raisa was in attendance at the inaugural Rare Impact Fund benefit to support her longtime bestie Selena Gomez Wednesday (Oct. 4), proving once again that the two are on good terms these days.


It’s no big secret, though, that they once had a semi-public falling-out in the years after Raisa donated her kidney to Gomez — who needed a transplant in 2017 due to complications with Lupus — something the Secret Life of the American Teenager alum was candid about at Gomez’s event. “We trauma bonded, which is beautiful, but also it can get rocky and tricky,” she told Extra. “People grow, relationships change.”

“Obviously, I treat her like my little sister, she treats me like her older sister,” Raisa continued. “I don’t know any relationship that’s perfect … I am happy that we are here today, celebrating and supporting each other.”

“We had to almost go on our own journey and grow,” she added. “I am OK now, and just for the record, it had nothing to do with the kidney.”

Neither Gomez nor Raisa have shared what went down between them last year to cause the temporary rift, although fans picked up on the rough patch when Raisa unfollowed the “Single Soon” singer on Instagram. Raisa also left a comment some interpreted as shady on a post quoting Gomez, who’d said that Taylor Swift was her “only friend in the industry.” “Interesting,” the How I Met Your Father actress wrote at the time, to which Gomez responded, “Sorry I didn’t mention every person I know.”

The water was definitely under the bridge by July of this year, though, when Gomez publicly wished Raisa a happy birthday. “Happiest of birthdays to this special human being,” the Only Murders in the Building star wrote on Instagram alongside photos of the pair. “No matter where life takes us, I love you.”

Flash forward to the Rare Impact Fund benefit, and Raisa had nothing but kind words for the Rare Beauty founder. “She is bringing so much awareness to it, and we have both seen each other go through so much,” she told Extra. “I am on my own journey of finally expressing myself and what I have gone through with my mental health. I look to her to figure out how to even navigate all of this. Honestly, her sharing with the audience gave me the courage to start sharing with my audience.”

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