Bieber, 18, was performing just across the East River in Brooklyn. But he seemed a world away, as a radiant Gomez, 20, gave a speech thanking Glamour for including her among its honorees, which also included Lena Dunham, Annie Leibovitz and Gabby Douglas from the U.S. women’s gymnastics team.
“I’m so honored to be in a room full of women I can only aspire to be as good as one day,” Gomez said. “I feel so lucky that every day I get to work with interesting people that are way smarter than me and have taught me so much.”
The actress-singer also thanked her mom, who was in the audience.
“I just want to share this with all the girls out there,” she said. “You have a voice. You have a chance to just do what you love, whether that’s acting or singing and just being true to who you are. And the person that’s taught me that is my mom.”
Bieber, meanwhile, blazed through a 20-song show at the Barclays Center. But unlike Saturday in Boston, he didn’t sing Justin Timberlake‘s hit “Cry Me a River,” which some thought may have been a dig at his ex.
He did, however, give a shout-out to his female fans, asking, “How many ladies are in the audience tonight?” When he did the same for the guys in attendance, the crowd was less vocal, prompting the singer to reply, “More ladies for me!”
And while he may not have directly addressed his recent split, Bieber did seem to maintain a positive outlook, telling the crowd later in the show, “No matter what you’re going through in your life, everything’s gonna be all right.”
• Reporting by ALISON SCHWARTZ