Francia Raisa and Selena Gomez Had ‘Zigzags in Life’ but Remain Friends Like ‘Old Times’ (Exclusive)

Singer Selena Gomez (L) and actress Francia Raisa
Selena Gomez and Francia Raisa in Hollywood in November 2017.Photograph:

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All friendships undergo ups and downs, even when you’re as linked as Selena Gomez and Francia Raisa.

At Gomez’s Uncommon Affect Fund Profit at Nya Studios in Hollywood on Wednesday, Raisa spoke to PEOPLE about how they continue to be shut associates regardless of rumors of a rift between them final 12 months.

On the which means of her friendship with Gomez, the How I Met Your Father actress tells PEOPLE, “Effectively, she has a chunk of my physique, so [it’s] tremendous vital. However actually, except for that — no matter that, I believe we simply missed one another.”

Francia Raisa attends The Inaugural Rare Impact Fund Benefit
Francia Raisa in Los Angeles on Oct. 4, 2023.

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In 2017, Gomez underwent a kidney transplant with Raisa because the donor and publicly expressed immense appreciation for the gesture. Final 12 months, nevertheless, rumors of a falling-out between the 2 associates have been sparked when Gomez advised Rolling Stone she did not have many associates within the leisure trade, mentioning solely Taylor Swift and never Raisa.

However it appears the pair has an excessive amount of historical past to let such a second come between them. “We grew up collectively. I used to be 19 after we met. She was like 15,” says Raisa, now 35. “We have seen one another undergo loads, and the truth that we’re nonetheless in one another’s lives after we’ve seen totally different seasons of one another — and that is exhausting.”

The actress notes that associates can stay in one another’s lives for a “season” earlier than she expressed appreciation for her lasting bond with Gomez, now 31.

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Selena Gomez in Los Angeles on Oct. 4, 2023.

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“Regardless that we have had our zigzags in life, we might nonetheless come collectively and be associates and nonetheless have our previous occasions,” Raisa explains. “We obtained spray tans collectively. We went to a few of our previous favourite eating places collectively. It has been good.”

She additionally spoke about the way it feels to see Gomez promote causes she’s obsessed with, particularly with the Uncommon Affect Fund, which raises funds to assist psychological well being in younger folks.

Selena Gomez (L) and Francia Raisa attend Billboard Women In Music 2017
Selena Gomez and Francia Raisa.Frazer Harrison/Getty Photos

“I am not stunned, actually. She’s all the time been speaking about this and she or he’s all the time been this individual, so I am glad that she lastly did it as a result of she’s been speaking about this for therefore lengthy,” says Raisa, including that Gomez has equally supported her with a brand new model she’s presently creating.

“I am simply so glad that we’re again collectively and actually supporting the Latinx tradition and placing our faces on the market,” she remarks, “as a result of there must be extra boss girls like this on the market, extra founders.”

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