Selena Gomez is allegedly considering cancelling further meet and greets after the tragic shooting of her friend and rising star, Christina Grimmie, on June 10.
Gomez, who cancelled a meet and greet session in Miami, Florida, on June 11, the day of Grimmie’s death, is reportedly now contemplating stopping all further session due to concerns over safety for both herself and her fans.
“Selena is obviously broken up over the entire tragedy, and she feels that for her safety, and her fans safety, that it might be best to cancel all future meet and greets,” a source recently told Hollywood Life of Gomez’s possible plans to end meet and greets.
Reports claiming that Selena may end concert interactions with her fans come just days after Christina Grimmie was horrifically shot dead during a meet and greet session with her fans following a concert in Orlando, Florida.
According to People, Christina was mingling with fans during a meet and greet after a concert when a shooter, who later shot and killed himself at the scene, struck her with multiple bullets. Grimmie’s rep then confirmed to the site that Christina died shortly afterwards after being rushed to a nearby hospital.
E! Online reported just hours after the confirmation of Christina’s death that Selena, who was set to perform just a few miles away in Miami, Florida, had cancelled her meet and greet plans for her show over security concerns.
Selena Gomez did not officially speak out regarding her decision to pull the plug on the meet and greet session, though Gomez did take to social media to pay tribute to Grimmie, who she grew close to through her stepfather, Brian Teefey, who served as Christina’s manager.
“My heart is absolutely broken,” Selena tweeted alongside a black and white photo of herself and Grimmie, “I miss you Christina.”
Selena later paid tribute to her fallen friend during the Florida concert, breaking down in tears as she dedicated the Hillsong Worship track, “Transfiguration,” to Christina.
According to the Daily Mail, Gomez was visibly emotional during the entire performance, where Selena also told concertgoers of how she and Grimmie first met when Christina was 14-years-old.
“When she was 14, we met her and my parents and I signed her,” Gomez told fans of Christina at the Miami concert on June 11. “One thing about Christina and her family is that she holds her faith so closely to her, and I think it’s not about a religion and it’s not about anything or good deeds.”
“It’s just that she had faith,” Gomez continued, “and I don’t really understand how this really happened, but I would like to dedicate this next song to her.”
It still remains to be seen if Selena Gomez does in fact opt to cancel her further meet and greet sessions in the wake of the tragedy, though Gomez admitted on social media back in May that there was a chance she may have to pull the plug on meeting fans outside venues after her concerts due to safety issues.
Posting a photo of herself during a meet and greet with fans after a show in Calgary, Canada, on May 18, Selena wrote, “meeting you guys after my shows has been such a highlight.. but because your safety is priority and most important.”
“If we can’t keep them contained I’ll have to stop,” Selena continued. “I’ll do it for as long as I can, but you matter most. Love you guys,” Gomez added.
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