Following the tragic death of The Voice singer Christina Grimmie, many stars have publicly expressed their grief and condolences. Selena Gomez, who shares a history with the singer pre-dating her debut on the reality TV show, was particularly affected by Grimmie's passing.
Christina Grimmie, 22, was fatally shot at her concert during a meet-and-greet in Orlando, Florida this past Saturday. The gunman just walked over to her and pulled the trigger before turning the gun onto himself.
The world, fans, and many Hollywood celebrities, are mourning this loss and paying tribute in any way they can. Adam Levine, Grimmie's former coach on Season 6 of The Voice, has offered to pay for all funeral expenses.
Just hours after news broke of this tragedy, Selena Gomez was performing at her concert in Miami, Florida. Gomez dedicated “Nobody” and “Transfiguration” to Grimmie, but the tribute became overwhelmingly emotional when Selena broke out in tears while singing.
Selena's public moment of grief was all the more heart-breaking given the girls' long-lasting friendship, which began long before Grimmie gained fame through The Voice, at the very beginning of her career.
Prior to becoming Levine's mentee, Grimmie would showcase her talents via Social Media. That is where Selena's mother, Mandy Teefey, discovered the YouTube star's cover of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.”
Blown away by her voice, Mandy requested that her husband Brian Teefey (a.k.a. Selena's stepdad) reach out to Christina, who was only 14-years-old at the time. This led to the couple becoming Grimmie's managing duo from the very beginning.
It wasn't long before Christina opened for Selena Gomez and the Scene, accompanying them on their We Own the Night Tour. She had also opened for the pop sensation at Unicef and City of Hope concerts. The two singers grew close and Grimmie looked up to Gomez, whom she drew much inspiration from.
In an interview witn Fanlala, Grimmie mentioned some words of advice she'd received from the pop star: "She told me to never feel as if you need to be somebody else." In an interview with MTV News in 2011, Grimmie said of her friend Selena:
“I can’t explain it — she was in my place at one point, but what I’ve learned from her is just to keep going.”
In 2011, the friends also appeared in a Kinet commercial together, alongside Selena's former band, the Scene. The girls compete against the boys in a round-off game of virtual football, ski, and tennis.
Selena was often there for Grimmie, but the support worked both ways. Christina supported her friend Selena by opening for her in Gomez's first major solo tour, Stars Dance.
Selena and Christina share a special friendship dating back to their early teens, and it is more than apparent that Christina will remain all but forgotten in the Pop star's mind.
We extend our condolences to Selena Gomez, along with the rest of Christina Grimmie's loved ones. Rest in peace, Christina, your impact on the world will be respected and remembered.
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