"To be honest, I think Francia should be getting this award because she saved my life".
The controversy surrounding Allen's personal life has continually led to public criticism for those actors and actresses who work on his films, with Gomez the latest to be quizzed on whether she considered the downsides before signing on to Rainy Day in NY.
In his speech, Gomez thanked the friend of France, Raisa, which was the donor and donated to the singer's his kidney. Blige also touched on her personal journey while accepting the Icon Award, highlighting the responsibility she feels to help people get through whatever situation they may be in: "I'm a fighter, I'm here, and I'm out here fighting for you". She sat down for an interview with the magazine following the honor, where reporters asked her about her renewed relationship with singer Justin Bieber. Selena said she doesn't think "anybody truly, actually cares".
"My family is great". The 25-year-old faced serious (and understandable) backlash, because the 82-year-old was accused of sexually abusing his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, when she was just seven years old. "I've never felt this proud to be a woman in the industry as I am today", she said. "When I look at my body now, I just see life".
Try Not to Cry Watching Selena Gomez's Emotional Billboard Woman of the Year Speech
'Honestly, I couldn't be more grateful for the position that I've been given in my career from 7 to 14 to now.
After pausing for a moment to gather her thoughts, she continued: "I feel incredibly lucky". However, Selena told Billboard that her split with the "Starboy" singer was not only amicable - it earned her a best friend. "I'm fortunate enough not to have experienced some of the traumatic things that other women have had to go through", noted Gomez. But she has since promised to make a comeback with an "epic album".
It's been an emotional year for Selena Gomez.
Selena's title has previously been picked up by Taylor Swift, as well as fellow musicians including, Beyonce, Pink and Fergie.