Selena Gomez put on a brave face at the InStyle Awards on Monday, but later admitted it had been ‘hard to go out’.
The 23-year-old lost her friend and make-up artist Jake Bailey three days ago, after he was found slumped over the wheel of his SUV in an apparent suicide.
Selena is yet to comment publicly on the tragic death, but hinted at her sorrow on Instagram after the event, writing: ‘It was kinda hard to go out tonight but I would do anything for @kystyle -she deserves the award of the night at #InStyleAwards she makes us ladies feel beautiful always x.’
Brave face: Selena Gomez looked stunning at the InStyle Awards in Los Angeles on Monday, later admitting that she was having a hard time following the death of her friend Jake Bailey
Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office confirmed that Bailey was found dead at 8.25am on Friday and appeared to have suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning in an apparent suicide.
The 37-year-old worked with many stars, including Katy Perry, and the pop star was one of several celebrities who paid tribute to him on social media.
Selena however chose to grieve in silence after hearing the devastating news.
A difficult evening: Selena appeared to be referring to the loss of her friend when she wrote on Instagram that it was ‘kinda hard to go out’
Although Monday had clearly been a difficult evening for the singer, she managed to be cheerful on the red carpet as she posed with pal Michelle Williams.
Selena was dressed to impress, leaving her flat, toned stomach on show in a black mesh top with short sleeves and tasselled trim, also revealing her matching bra underneath.
The starlet paired the daring top with a white puffball mini-skirt (both by Louis Vuitton), highlighting her long and slender legs.
Leaving little to the imagination: Selena’s mesh top showcased her flat stomach and her black bra
Selena also sported black open-back ankle boots with high heels, and wore her long dark locks in a sultry bedhead style.
The Good For You hit-maker finished off her head-turning look with smoky eye make-up, rosy cheeks and pale pink lips.
Selena, who took the stage during the star-studded evening, posed with actress pal Michelle and planted a kiss on her cheek.
Leggy lady: The 23-year-old also sported a white puffball mini-skirt, leaving her legs on display
Getting a boost: Selena also added several inches to her frame with black open-backed ankle boots
The 35-year-old was clad in a striking black leather dress with silver detailing, along with matching boots.
Selena also shared a cuddle on the red carpet with Fifty Shades Of Grey actress Dakota Johnson.
The 26-year-old picked a slick black pantsuit which left a hint of her lacy bra on show.
Finishing touches: The former Disney star picked sexy bedhead hair and smoky eyes, along with pink lipstick
Kim Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts and Kate Hudson were among the other famous names on the guest list.
Selena is currently promoting her new album Revival, which was released on October 9.
She has also been drumming up publicity for her latest single Same Old Love – rumoured to be about her ex Justin Bieber.
The former Disney star is set to perform at the American Music Awards next month, and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show shortly after that.
Eloquent: The audience listened intently as the star honoured stylist Kate Young
Selena recently revealed that she underwent chemotherapy for lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs.
‘That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke,’ Selena told Billboard of her time spent out of the spotlight after cancelling the Australian and Asian leg of her tour in December 2013.
‘I wanted so badly to say, “You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re a**holes”,’ she added. ‘I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.’
Fancy seeing you here!: Selena posed for a sweet photo with Kate Hudson