Selena Gomez breaks down in tears as she pays tribute to Christina Grimmie on stage

2016-06-13 14:50

Los Angeles - Selena Gomez has paid a glowing tribute to her long-time friend Christina Grimmie.

The 23-year-old pop star used the Miami stop of her Revival World Tour to speak of her love and affection for Christina, who was killed by a gunman following her concert performance in Orlando, Florida, on Friday.

Selena said: "When she was 14, we met her and my parents and I signed her. 

"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." 

Watch Selena's tribute here:

Meanwhile, Selena's stepfather Brian Teefey, who was also Christina's manager, earlier spoke about his heartbreak on hearing the tragic news.

In a statement, he told People: "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."

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