Selena Gomez's 'Hand In Hand' Telethon Speech Was So, So Emotional


Selena Gomez and a huge group of celebrities got together last night, Tuesday, Sept. 12, to take part in the Hand in Hand: A Benefit For Hurricane Relief telethon to help raise money for the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The telethon was kicked off with a moving performance of "Lean On Me" from Stevie Wonder, who gave an empowered speech about climate change while he had the stage. Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, and many others also took part in the telethon, many of them giving pre-recorded speeches just like Gomez. Selena Gomez's Hand in Hand telethon speech about a family that lost their lives trying to evacuate Texas made the singer visibly tear up. In the pre-recorded speech, Gomez said,

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In the video, you can see Gomez begin to cry as she tells the tragic story of the Saldivar family. As Gomez said, she grew up in Texas, about 250 miles away from Houston, so it's no wonder this telethon hits close to home for the singer. Demi Lovato, also a Texas native, performed "With A Little Help From My Friends" with Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, and CeCe Winans from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville during the telethon. And Beyoncé, who was born and raised in Houston, gave a powerful speech about helping the victims of natural disasters. In the pre-recorded video, she said,

Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Blake Shelton, Joe Jonas, and Stephen Colbert are just some of the other celebrities who came out to help take calls and give speeches during the Hand in Hand telethon, which ended up raising over $44 million for those affected by the hurricanes.