Selena Gomez could barely make it through the emotional tribute she performed to her late friend Christina Grimmie on Saturday’s night concert in Florida, the same state where Grimmie was killed this weekend.
Grimmie, a singer, popular YouTube star and Season 6 finalist on The Voice, was shot Friday night while meeting fans after her show in Orlando. She had just performed with the band Before You Exit.
Gomez and Grimmie were longtime friends. Gomez’s stepfather, Brian Teefey, served as Grimmie’s manager for years. Grimmie also opened for Gomez on tour in 2011 and 2013.
Gomez broke down in tears while performing her song “Nobody” at a concert in Miami, Florida, on her Revival Tour on Saturday.
“When she was 14, we met her, and my parents and I signed her,” Gomez said about Grimmie after singing “Nobody.” “One thing about Christina and her family is that she holds her faith so closely to her. And I think it’s not about a religion and it’s not about… good deeds. It’s just that she had faith, and I don’t really understand how this really happened, but I would like to dedicate this next song to her.”
— Selena Gomez News (@SelenaGomezNews) June 12, 2016
Gomez then performed a cover of the worship song “Transfiguration” on the piano. Gomez also posted a photo with Grimmie on Twitter with the caption, “My heart is absolutely broken. I miss you Christina.”
Teefey also posted an emotional tribute to the young singer and setup a GoFundMe page to assist her family.
“Words cannot begin to describe the pain I am feeling,” Teefey wrote. “I learned this business through the eyes of a father and Christina was like a second daughter to me. All I wanted to do was assist her in achieving her musical dreams while protecting her from the pitfalls associated with the business. I never could have imagined this horrific event being one of the pitfalls needing to be avoided. In Christina’s honor I have created a Go Fund Me page to assist her family in their time of need. As family Mother, Father, and Brother made the ultimate family sacrifice to support Christina on her musical journey. They did nothing but love her and support her as family the best they knew how, the only worry I want them to have at this point is that of recovery.”
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