Selena Gomez delivered a heartfelt and inspiring speech at We Day Vancouver and the video has gone viral. You can watch it here and find out about the insights and experiences she shared on social media and cyberbullying and more with her live audience at the youth empowerment event and now, the world.

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As she did before, the pop music superstar and former child star has drawn notice with an emotionally powerful speech. She drew notice at the We Day California celebration when she opened up about her experiences that led her to seek out help and enter rehab.

It’s heartening as well that Selena Gomez is making headlines for a positive reason, as she is sometimes in the headlines for negative reasons, often fabricated and/or embellished ones at that. And as the on again off again girlfriend of Justin Bieber she is in an entirely different realm of gossip and speculation.

This time around, she speaks of the consequences of being under such scrutiny and what she has learned from it.

She said of it, “When people look at me, they don’t see a 22-year-old figuring it out as she goes. They see what they want to see.”

She continued, saying, “I know what it’s like to be judged and to be put down. I know what it’s like to have other people have opinions of you without knowing you.” She shared the struggle that she still faces to not let this drive her “crazy.” her, “it would drive me crazy.”

She told her audience, “I want to say you are not defined by an Instagram photo, by a like, by a comment. That does not define you. I want you guys to know that the trick is to focus on the love.”

Continuing her encouraging words, she added, “What I want you guys to do is, every rude comment, every person that tries to hurt you personally or though the Internet, I want you to forgive them. Just forgive them.”

As the video reveals, she held her audience spellbound with the upbeat and positive message drawing cheers at times. She went on to add, “There is so much love in this world, and in this stadium.”

Selena Gomez spoke of building up self-esteem, telling the crowd at the stadium, “Do not limit yourself because of what others expect. We all deserve more than we think, and in the end, nobody remembers those haters, the comments. Nobody remembers them. They’re just background noise.”

As she conceded her own struggle in taking the high road, she name checked her fellow pop music superstar and said, ““Like my friend Taylor says, the haters are gonna hate. Just shake it off.” The reference, of course, to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ which ironically has drawn its share of controversy and criticism as well. But what better way to underscore the message that regardless of what we do, there will always be the detractors.

You can see Selena Gomez’ speech in its entirety below.