Selena Gomez Praises Demi Lovato’s Emotional 2020 Grammys Performance: “Thank You For Your Courage”

Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato might not be as close as they once were, but that doesn’t mean they don’t still support one another. Once the best of friends, the two faced plenty of ups and downs in their relationship, but it’s clear Gomez and Lovato are still fans of one another.

Demi Lovato performs at Grammys 2020 wearing white gown
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Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez were childhood besties but drifted apart

Fans who have been following Lovato and Gomez since their Disney Channel days know that the two bonded as child stars on the kids’ show Barney & Friends. They went on to star in Disney’s Princess Protection Program and were totally darlings of the kids’ network.

The two friends drifted apart, however, with many fans wondering if Lovato and Gomez had a falling out and whether they were still in each other’s lives.

Over the years, the two shared their support for one another. After Lovato went to rehab, she said Gomez “called me crying when I was in there and was just so worried,” she shared with Televisionet in 2013. She added: “I was like, ‘Look, I should be the one crying, it’s all good!’ But she was so worried and ever since then we’ve gotten closer.”

In 2013, Lovato spoke about Gomez and how they “grew apart,” telling MTV at the time: “We’ve been through a lot together, we’ve had periods of times we here we grew apart and we just didn’t really talk.”

She added: “Now we are in a place where I think we realized that life is so short and that when you have people in your life that love you so much then, you should just always be around them. She’s going to be a big sister, and I want to be around for that. Everything about her, she has a great soul, she’s talented, she’s beautiful, and she will always be really, really close to my heart.”

Gomez praised Lovato’s emotional Grammys performance

Lovato took the stage at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Jan. 26 to deliver one of the most emotional performances of the night, singing her new song “Anyone,” her first performance since her 2018 overdose.

The singer was so emotional she had to start the song over — and when she did, her vocals soared as the audience hung on her every word. When she was done, the crowd was on their feet to give the singer a well-deserved standing ovation.

Lovato shared on Instagram after the performance how special her Grammys performance was, noting: “What an unbelievable night. My first time back on stage in almost 2 years. So emotional for me. Thank you all for the love, support and for sharing this moment with me. I love you all.”

Gomez was blown away by Lovato’s beautiful performance, noting on her Instagram story: “I wish there were words to describe how beautiful, inspirational and DESERVED this moment was. Demi I’m so happy for you. Thank you for your courage and bravery.”

Lovato’s ‘Anyone’ song lyrics are so emotional

Lovato wrote the song “Anyone” just days before her drug overdose and the lyrics carry a lot of meaning, as she sings: “I tried to talk to my piano / I tried to talk to my guitar/ Talk to my imagination / Confided into alcohol.”

The lyrics, which Lovato said she felt reflected a “cry for help,” include: “I tried and tried and tried some more / Told secrets ’til my voice was sore / Tired of empty conversation / ‘Cause no one hears me anymore.”

“A hundred million stories and a hundred million songs / I feel stupid when I sing,” the lyrics continue, “Nobody’s listening to me / Nobody’s listening.”

“I almost listen back and hear these lyrics as a cry for help,” she told Zane Lowe for Beats 1 on Friday, adding, “And you kind of listen back to it and you think, ‘How did nobody listen to this song and think, let’s help this girl?'”