Selena Gomez, took a moment during her usual Revival tour to pay tribute to her lost friend.
In memory of Christina Grimmie, Selena Gomez dedicated her song to her during her concert in Miami, Florida the other night, remembering: “when she was 14, we met her and my parents and I signed her.” She said this with a wavering voice and tear-filled eyes. “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 anything or 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.”
You can see her perform this little homage and kind gesture to the lost starlet in the video above.
The whole thing was heartfelt as she took to the black grand piano and played “Transfiguration” followed by “Nobody,” which she barely had the ability to finish because of the extreme emotion getting to her. She had to take a moment to collect herself and apologize to the audience for letting her feelings get the best of her, mouthing the words “I’m sorry.”
Apparently, Grimme and Gomez go way back. It was Gomez’ stepfather, Brian Teefy, who had discovered Grimmie on YouTube back when she was still in high school and worked by her side as her manager. Grimmie even opened for Gomez’s Stars Dance tour in 2013!
When Gomez heard of the dreadful news, she immediately took to Twitter to tweet a photo of herself goofing around with Grimmie. Gomez then shared a link to a Go Fund Me page that would support Grimmie’s family. Mr. Teefey considered Grimmie a “second daughter.”
So with that Go Fund Me page that Teefey had created, he was able to already raise more than $100,000!
He wrote in his letter to the family and to the world:
“Words cannot begin to describe the pain I am feeling. 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 GoFundMe page to assist her family in their time of need.”
In addition, Adam Levine, Grimmie’s coach when she competed on the sixth season of The Voice told her fans how devastated he was by the news and decided to cover her funeral expenses. Marcus, the singer’s brother was at a loss for words, heartbroken but grateful for all of the love and support given to his sister.
Other members of The Voice, such as Blake Shelton added that he was “stunned and disgusted and heartbroken that we lost that sweet little girl.” The show itself tweeted out, “There are no words. We lost a beautiful soul with an amazing voice. Our hearts go out to the friends, fans and family.”
You can donate to Grimmie’s GoFundMe page here.