Selena Gomez has been named Billboard magazine's Woman of the Year, and with that came several revelations about her physical and emotional mindset following her kidney transplant over the summer. "I don't think I've ever just stopped and been like, 'I'm actually grateful for who I am, '" she said.
"I've never felt as proud to be a women in the industry than I do today", Gomez said while adding how crucial it is that voices "are being heard for the fist time".
Gomez gave a tearful acceptance speech, where she acknowledged her best friend, Francia Rasia for donating her kidney to her. Raisa, who presented the award to Gomez, is an actress best known for her role as Adrian Lee on The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Raisa watched Gomez's ongoing struggle with lupus and made a decision to undergo kidney transplant surgery. The former Fifth Harmony member performed her sultry single "Havana", which hit No. 1 on Billboard's pop songs charts this week.
"The Heart Wants What It Wants" singer stated that her condition was a matter of life or death and Raisa saved her life. "I feel incredibly lucky".
The Wolves hitmaker, who recently got back with ex boyfriend Justin Bieber, had to take a brief hiatus from her successful music career due to health problems.
The Bad Liar hitmaker, who was diagnosed with Lupus several years ago, went on: "I knew that I wanted to be a part of something great and I wanted people to feel great, because I love people".
"That time for me was so painful and really hard and very lonely".
"I do feel like I earned it". I was just glad I was able to do.
Once she composed herself, Selena continued with her speech. In acting and in film, you're around a much more stable community.