Selena Gomez shared a heartwarming message of support for singer Demi Lovato after she debuted an emotional new ballad at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday.
Lovato, who struggled with addiction and an overdose in recent years, performed her new song “Anyone” at the ceremony, and Gomez subsequently gave her childhood best friend a sweet shout-out in her Instagram stories.
“I wish there were words to describe how beautiful, inspiration, and DESERVED this moment was,” the “Rare” singer wrote.
“Demi I’m so happy for you. Thank you for your courage and bravery,” she added underneath a picture of Lovato receiving a standing ovation for her performance.
Lovato’s poignant performance at the Grammys on Sunday marked her official return to the stage, after publicly struggling with addiction and an overdose in the past few years.
The singer revealed in a recent interview that “Anyone” was written and recorded “very shortly” before her accidental overdose in 2018.
“I almost listen back and hear these lyrics as a cry for help,” she told Zane Lowe on Beats 1. “And you kind of listen back to it and you kind of think, ‘How did nobody listen to this song and think, let’s help this girl?'”
Gomez and Grammy attendees weren’t the only stars moved by Lovato’s powerful performance. Celebrities like Pink and Sam Smith also expressed their admiration and love for Lovato on social media.
“Oh Demi Lovato, you just tore me down,” Pink tweeted after Sunday’s ceremony, calling Lovato’s performance “a gift straight from the heart.”
And Smith said they were “in tears” after watching Lovato sing “Anyone.”
“That is singing. That is heart and that is the truth,” they wrote on their Instagram stories.