Mandy Teefey, Selena Gomez’s mom, got candid about the singer’s kidney transplant and how the whole health scare affected her as a mother. As you can probably imagine, it was really hard for Teefey to deal with it but had to stay strong for Selena.
‘That was probably one of the hardest things to experience as a parent, and especially when there were complications, and it was only me and her, and she had to go in,’ the woman told ET.
In addition to that, she was also very worried about Selena’s BFF and life saver, Francia Raisa, who decided to donate one of her kidneys to her.
‘I was not only carrying the weight as a mother but also felt the weight for Francia and her mom and family. I think I am banned from Cedars. I went to both sides of those towers. For some reason, they were in different towers, and every tiny thing, I was monitoring, yelling and freaking out. It was rough. God bless the families that have kids with ongoing illnesses because the strength those families have is insane. Selena will always have lupus, but hopefully that was a one-time thing for us,’ she shared.
Teefey also talked about meeting Francia for the very first time and feeling a connection right away.
‘She was one of the first people not part of [Disney] channel who introduced herself to Selena and made her feel all comfortable at the Teen Choice Awards. I remember the moment I met Francia, and I cannot tell you the moment I met a lot of people. Like, literally where it was. So, I think that is just strange how things lined up.’
The mother went on to recall exactly how it happened: ‘She walked up and introduced herself. She was on that ABC show and was already established and everything, and just walked up to Selena, gave her a hug and made her feel welcome, and that resonated with me because it is such a tough industry and you don’t really get that a lot,’ she told ET. So sweet!