Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato Honored at Star-Studded Gala
And it was Gomez who got choked up a bit when she acknowledged Lovato in her acceptance speech after being presented with the Young Visionary Award by her Rudderless director and costar William H. Macy.
“I’m thankful for you. You inspire me everyday,” the former Wizards of Waverly Place starlet said of her longtime friend. “I hope together we can inspire people to focus on what’s really important.”
Macy praised Gomez’s involvement with UNICEF. “Selena has maturity and grace, she’s been working for UNICEF for almost five years, which is epic time in teeange years,” Macy said. “She’s raised a lot of money and awareness. Selena is the real deal.”
Lovato told the crowd of about 600 about celebrating her 21st birthday on a humanitarian trip to Africa. “I was struggling a lot with personal issues,” she said. “I had to celebrate differently than a lot of other people. It was better than poisoning myself for a good night out.”