But really, what are friends for?
Not everyone would celebrate their best-friends-forever just like Selena Gomez did even though they saved your life. Serena was indeed eternally grateful that her best friend, Franca Raisa saved her life by donating one of her kidneys (remember that story?).
SelGo said in her full speech below:
“Thank you guys so much. To be honest, I think Francia should be getting this award. Because she saved my life.
Sorry. Alright, OK. I feel incredibly lucky because I was very confused to feel like if I said too much, maybe I wasn’t doing enough. And honestly I couldn’t be more grateful for the position that I’ve been given in my career, from 7 to 14 to now. I want people to know that I respect the platform that I have so deeply because I knew that I wanted to be apart of something great and I wanted people to feel great because I love people. But specifically, this year, I would like to thank my amazing team and my family cuz they stuck with me through some really hard times. And I got to do a lot this year even though I had a couple of other things to do but I feel like for me, with my music, I’ve really been able to illustrate the things that I want and I’m reminded by a team of people who believe in me, even when I don’t myself. And I couldn’t be luckier. But I don’t feel more proud… I’ve never proud this proud to be a woman in the industry than I do today and that’s because I actually feel comfortable with every single woman that has encouraged me. But how crucial it is that the voices that are being heard for the first time is so great and I’m so grateful for all the older women who have lifted all of us up because I couldn’t be here without any of you. So thank you for all of you that have inspired so many girls who don’t feel like they have a voice. I am very, very lucky. I love you guys. And thank you Billboard, thank you to my team and my 4-year-old sister Gracie I love you. Thank you to these beautiful women. I don’t know how I’ll ever repay it but maybe I’ll make an epic album next year for you guys and everyone else.
Selena Gomez and her friend, Franca Raisa
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video credit: Cosmopolitan
She goes further to express her gratitude on her personal page via Instagram. “Thank you beyond for your acknowledgement and honour @billboard but honestly thank you more for the event you held for women. That night was so inspiring and every woman spoke eloquently and with such force. I’ll try to continue to give my best to even remotely live up to a title. In the meantime I hope we all continue to give our best when the world wants to give us the worst. We aren’t stopping the fight“, she writes.
Thank you beyond for your acknowledgment and honor @billboard but honestly thank you more for the event you held for women. That night was so inspiring and every woman spoke eloquently and with such force. I’ll try to continue to give my best to even remotely live up to a title. In the mean time I hope we all continue to give our best when the world wants to give us the worst. We aren’t stopping the fight.