Francia Raísa and Selena Gomez share a deep sisterly connection, sometimes leading to ups and downs in their friendship. Despite the occasional turbulence, the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ actor made a heartfelt appearance at Gomez’s first Rare Impact Fund Benefit in Los Angeles to express her support.
During the event, Raisa openly discussed their enduring friendship and emphasized that any conflicts between them have no connection to their kidney transplant journey.
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‘I treat her like my little sister’
Speaking to Extra on Wednesday about their “rocky and tricky” friendship, Raísa said, “People grow, relationships change.” She continued, “I treat her like my little sister, she treats me like her older sister. I don’t know any relationship that’s perfect.”
The actress, 35, emphasized that their friendship has deepened since she donated her kidney to Gomez during her struggle with lupus. “I don’t know any relationship that’s perfect,” she said. “When our situation came up… No, I never pictured that, but obviously I never regretted it. I am happy that we are here today, celebrating and supporting each other.”
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‘I wasn’t okay’
Raísa also talked about how she has no regrets about the kidney donation, emphasizing that the two friends had to spend time apart to grow individually. “Sometimes people need to spend time apart in order to grow. We had to almost go on our own journey and grow. I am really happy in my career now and my endeavor. I don’t know if I would be able to do that if I didn’t really take some time for myself and figure out what the hell was going on with me, because I wasn’t okay, ” she said. “I am okay now, and just for the record, it had nothing to do with the kidney,” she clarified.
Raisa talks about being in her 30s
Now that they’re back in touch, the actor is really happy to have a chance to “get to know” Gomez better and grow together as they both enter their 30s with more experience. “I am a different person today than I was last year or even when I turned 30. I’m 35 now. Even when Selena turned 30, I’m like: ‘It’s different, isn’t it?’ and she was like: ‘Yeah.’ I said: ‘Welcome to your 30s. Now we can get to know each other again,’” Raisa said.
The fans became aware of the tension between the two when the ‘Only Murders in the Building’ star stated in Rolling Stone that Taylor Swift was her “only friend in the industry.” In reaction, Raisa posted a comment below an Instagram post featuring this quote, simply saying “Interesting.” Gomez later addressed the comment on TikTok, saying, “Sorry I didn’t mention every person I know.” The feud rumors were put to rest in August when Rais said that there was “no beef, just salsa,” between the two.