Selena Gomez At We Day CA: “I Lost Sight Of Who I Was” — Watch Her Confessional, Inspirational Speech!


Sure, you saw all the gorgeous pics of Selena Gomez at the first ever We Day California in Oakland, CA today (March 26), but you haven’t seen Selena Gomez until you’ve watched the speech she gave on stage at the Oracle Arena in front of a huge crowd of young people who had earned their seats by actively making positive changes in their communities and/or the world at large.

Selena, who came with a speech prepared on note cards, ditched the words she’d written down in favor of a candid talk with the supportive crowd, her voice often wavering with emotion — one that covered her early life as the daughter of a single teenage mother, her early days as an actress, the doors she had shut in her face, and the lessons she’s learned in the process.

“Let the critics be critcs, and let us just trust ourselves,” her mother once said to her, and it was a mantra she adopted for quite some time, and, boy, did she prove those who thought she wasn’t good enough wrong!

However, Selena acknowledged that trusting yourself and being yourself isn’t always easy: “They tell me what to wear, how to look, what I should say, how I should be. Until recently, I had given into that pressure,” she admitted. “I lost sight of who I was. I listened to opinions of people and I tried to change who I am because I thought that others would accept me for it. And I realized I don’t know how to be anything but myself.”

Her brief stint in rehab, possibly, is to thank for her renewed perspective on herself. We’re happy that Selena found her way back, and hope that others who struggle with identity and the pressures put on them daily can take her message to heart and take strength from it.

Watch her full speech in the video below and let us know what you think of what Selena had to say!

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