A tough day. Justin Bieber shed a few tears on stage during a tribute to his late friend Christina Grimmie at the Winnipeg stop of his Purpose world tour on Saturday, June 11. While the 22-year-old pop star was performing “Purpose,” he lay down on the ground and called out, “Grimmie, can you hear me?” He wiped tears from his eyes with the back of his arm before jumping back up to continue his performance.
The “Love Yourself” crooner reportedly became close with Grimmie, 22, while she was touring with his ex Selena Gomez, according to Seventeen. When Grimmie was only 16, she opened for Gomez’s We Own the Night tour in 2011. After competing on season 6 of The Voice and finishing third, she reunited with the “Same Old Love” singer for her Stars Dance tour in 2013. (Bieber and Gomez famously dated on and off from 2011 to 2014.)