Selena Gomez named her new kidney after Fred Armisen — and he has no idea
I have never met him but I hope he does. I want him to be like, “That’s weird.” ‘”
The Only Murders in the Building star, who had a kidney transplant in 2017, revealed that she nicknamed her new organ “Fred” in honor of the Saturday Night Live alum.
“I named it after Fred Armisen because I love Portlandia,” Gomez told Rolling Stone of Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s sketch comedy series. “I haven’t met him, but I hope he discovers that I am a weirdo.” ‘”
Selena Gomez attends 2022 AFI Fest – “Selena Gomez: My Mind And Me” Opening Night World Premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 02, 2022 ; Fred Armisen attends the red carpet premiere & party for Peacock’s new comedy series “MacGruber” at California Science Center on December 08, 2021
Selena Gomez and Fred Armisen
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EW has reached out to Armisen’s representatives for comment about the tribute, but did not immediately hear back.
After revealing that she had been diagnosed with lupus back in 2015, the “Lose You to Love Me” singer announced just two years later that she had undergone a kidney transplant due to complications from the disease.
It wasn’t an easy recovery. Francia Raisa, a fellow actress, donated the kidney. It was damaged in one of Gomez’s arteries and it ended up turning on its own. The actress had to undergo a six-hour-long procedure to correct the situation.
“They had to take her into emergency surgery and get a vein from her leg and build a new artery to keep my kidney in place,” Raisa told W Magazine about the health scare in 2018. “She could have been dead.” “
Still, the Wondermind co-founder, whose mental health journey is chronicled in an upcoming documentary called My Mind & Me, understands that the hardships she’s faced thus far in life have only made her stronger.
I just keep reminding myself that there’s reason I’m here,” she said. It sounds really cheesy sometimes, but it is true. I don’t know how I would be here if it wasn’t for the medical stuff and balances in mine and the conversations I’d had [that were] really dark. ”
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