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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Selena Gomez: Radiant In Red At We Day In Oakland, CA — See All The Pics!

Selena Gomez hopped a flight from Los Angeles to Oakland, CA today (March 26) to make a special appearance at a very special event: the first ever We Day California at the Oracle Arena!

Along with the likes of Seth Rogen, Magic Johnson, J. Cole, Big Sean, Rico and Raini Rodriguez, Orlando Bloom, and more, Sel helped celebrate the amazing ways in which every single young person in the audience earned their ticket to the event — through charitable work and volunteerism in their communities and beyond!

Her passionate speech — matched by the fiery, fierce red of her suit — was both moving and inspirational. While she hoped to motivate the young minds in the crowd to be themselves, she repeatedly expressed how inspired she was by them and how their good deeds motivate her to be better. Sounds like a win for everyone!

“#Weday -unbelievable time. So inspired and hopefully encouraged many!!” Selena wrote afterward on Twitter.

Check out all the pics of Selena at We Day California in the gallery below and be sure to watch the video of her great speech, too!

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Zendaya Premieres “My Baby” Music Video — Watch Now!

Zendaya, "My Baby" Music Video

Although Zendaya has said “My Baby” won’t be her next single, it doesn’t make us any less excited for the music video she shot for the song with friends in her hometown of Oakland over the holidays. After a delay in the release of the video, it’s finally here… and it was definitely worth the wait! Major attitude, cool fashion, daring lip color, big diamonds, and cameos by friends… including Christina Milian! And, of course, the song is killer.

Don’t wait, check it out now below and let us know what you think about the finished product:

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