Last night’s Grammy Awards ceremony was quite emotional—from the tributes to LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant to touching performances from some of music biggest stars. And none was more powerful than Demi Lovato’s return to the stage for the first time since her 2018 overdose—and her old friend Selena Gomez agreed.
Lovato debuted a new song called “Anyone” that touched on the struggles she’s faced in her life, including her battle with addiction. The singer broke down at the beginning of her performance and had to start again. She received a standing ovation at the end. “I wish there were words to describe how beautiful, inspirational and DESERVED this moment was. Demi I’m so happy for you. Thank you for your courage and bravery,” Gomez wrote in an Instagram Story over a photo of Lovato performing.
Lovato and Gomez go way back to their days as Disney stars, and though they had a falling out at one point, they have reportedly become friends again in recent years. In the aftermath of Lovato’s overdose in 2018, Gomez told Elle, “All I’m saying is, I reached out personally. I didn’t do a public thing. I didn’t want to. I…I love her. I’ve known her since I was seven. So…it’s…that’s what I’ll say.”
Both stars have opened up about their mental health struggles more publicly in recent years—and fans have come to value their honesty and transparency. Last night’s Grammys performance was yet another way Demi Lovato is helping to remove some of the stigma around addiction, and she was grateful for all of the support. “I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet,” Lovato wrote on Instagram at the time of her overdose. And she let fans in again on the Grammys stage.
“What an unbelievable night. My first time back on stage in almost 2 years. So emotional for me. Thank you all for the love, support and for sharing this moment with me. I love you all. 💗,” she captioned a photo of her performance.