Selena Gomez canceled her meet and greet and paid beautiful tribute to Christina Grimmie
Everyone is still reeling from the The Voice alum Christina Grimmie’s tragic death in Orlando this weekend, including her good friend Selena Gomez.
Gomez’s stepfather, Brian Teefey, is Grimmie’s long-time manager and not only have Gomez and Grimmie performed together on the “Stars Dance” and “We Own the Night” tours, but they considered one another family. In 2011, Grimmie told Seventeen that when she was just 16 years old, Teefey contacted her about representation after seeing her perform in a YouTube video. She and Gomez became fast friends. In the interview, Grimmie said, “I’m so blessed that they’re in my life. They’re literally like a family — Selena has been so encouraging ever since we got hooked up. It’s crazy! It’s very much a fairy tale.”
Grimmie was shot and killed on Friday night during a post-concert meet and greet after performing in Orlando. The following night, Gomez was scheduled to perform in Miami as part of her Revival tour. She took the stage as planned, but canceled the meet and greet scheduled for afterward. During the concert, she dedicated the song Transfiguration to Grimmie and, with tears in her eyes, said, “One thing about Christina and her family is that she holds her faith so closely to her. I think it’s not about a religion and it’s not about good deeds. I think she just had faith and I don’t really understand how this really happened, but I would like to dedicate this song to her.”
She also shared a heartbreaking message on Twitter, saying, “My heart is absolutely broken. I miss you Christina.”
Grimmie’s death is shocking and terrible, and it’s totally understandable why Gomez would cancel her meet and greet under the circumstances. Police have identified the shooter, who took his own life after killing Grimmie, but are still investigating the motive behind the tragedy.
Gomez’s step-father has also set up a GoFundMe page for Grimmie’s family, where he wrote:
Our hearts go out to Gomez’s family and everyone who knew and loved Grimmie.