Gomez is at least a double threat, as an actress and a singer, and has shown that a Disney star can grow up and become an important voice for teens everywhere. But Gomez’s tearful acceptance speech showed that there may be more to the successful star.
“I have to be honest, especially this month, I cannot thank you guys [enough] because you remind me — amidst all the stuff we deal with personally — you remind of what is important and that is giving and loving and caring about each other,” Gomez said.
“I am not trying to preach or anything like that, it’s just that you guys make me better,” Gomez added.
Gomez has been dealing with personal drama, including a breakup and rekindling and breakup (again) with her on-again, off-again boyfriend Justin Bieber. She has also spoken out about her dislike of being in the public eye, is rumored to be struggling with lupus and also entered rehab earlier this year. But above it all, she remains a talented actress and singer, and finished her speech by thanking the one constant in her life — her mom.
“I want to thank my mom so much because she is the greatest human being in the world and she is so strong and she has given up her life for me,” Gomez said.
Gomez is in great company for the Ultimate Choice Award. According to E! News, past celebs who have been honored with the award include Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ashton Kutcher, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mike Myers and Venus and Serena Williams.
“This never belongs to me, this belongs to you,” Gomez said to her fans. “Thank you for letting me do what I love.”