Demi Lovato sent support to her longtime pal Selena Gomez after her recent kidney transplant. The 25-year-old singer had nothing but positive words for her friend, who she met when they were both just kids starring on Barney & Friends. “I think that she is a very strong woman,” Demi told PEOPLE on the evening of Friday, September 15, following an intimate performance in downtown L.A.
Demi Lovato showed support for her friend Selena Gomez during a difficult time Photo: Getty Images
Demi, who was celebrating the launch of her upcoming album Tell Me You Love Me, told the magazine: “I’m very happy and proud of her.” While it’s no secret that the two former Disney stars have had a tumultuous friendship over the years, the entertainers are clearly there for each other during difficult times. Demi isn’t the only star supporting Selena, with Lady Gaga sending virtual love to the 25-year-old on Twitter this past week: "Prayers & love to @selenagomez you are a warrior princess. What an inspiration."
On Thursday, Selena shocked fans when she revealed that she had undergone a kidney transplant. The Bad Liar singer posted a lengthy note on Instagram, telling her fans that good friend, and fellow actress, Francia Raisa, kindly donated her the organ. "I'm very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn't promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of," she captioned the emotional set of photos, posted on Instagram, that show her holding hands with Francia before the operation and her post-op scar.
Francia Raisa kindly donated her kidney to friend Selena Gomez Photo: Instagram/@franciaraisa
She continued: "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. I honestly look forward to sharing with you soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. 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."
Thanking her friend for donating her kidney, she added: "Finally, there aren't words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made." She then posted a link to the Lupus Research Alliance.