Selena Gomez Delivers Emotional Acceptance Speech as Billboard Women of the Year

The Weeknd left no traces of Selena Gomez's

Near tears, Gomez gave a speech expressing her gratitude and joy according to Billboard, celebrating her life and the people in it.

Explaining her decision, she said: '(Selena) goes, "I don't know what to do".

Gomez revealed via this Instagram post in September that she'd undergone a kidney transplant due to her lupus, and that Raisa was her donor.

"I've never felt more proud to be a woman in the industry than I do today, and that's because I actually feel comfortable with every single woman that has encouraged me", she declared.

I'm not 18, or 19, or 20.

The star, who has had a well-documented battle with Lipus, previously said: 'It was really kind of life or death. "So maybe before, it could have been forcing something that wasn't right". Honestly, that whole experience made me look at life a little differently. "We ended it as best friends, and it was genuinely about encouraging and caring [for each other], and that was pretty remarkable for me". "I grew up with Demi [Lovato], Nick and Joe [Jonas] and Miley [Cyrus] - we've gone through seasons in our lives". I don't think it's as serious as people make things out to be half the time. "I mean, I grew up with Demi [Lovato]". It comes back to the idea of me remaining full.

The 25-year-old singer, who is back in the arms of lover Justin Bieber, stunned in a pair of high-waisted leather pants, which she twinned with a revealing black bustier. "Justin and Selena have met up at the Montage several times in the past few weeks", an eyewitness tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.

True love always finds a way!

"Just seeing my friend get sick, and more sick, and more sick was hard but at the same time so positive for our friendship", she added.

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