Even Selena Gomez didn’t know methods to react to Olivia Rodrigo’s pretend stage malfunction throughout her efficiency of “Get Him Again” on the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards.

Whereas Rodrigo was singing her guts out onstage on Tuesday evening, she was seemingly thwarted by pyrotechnic glitches. She was abruptly whisked offstage by a staffer on the Prudential Middle in Newark, New Jersey, earlier than it grew to become clear that the entire thing was simply a part of the act.

Eagle-eyed followers on X, previously often called Twitter, couldn’t assist however scout the group for reactions over the chaos, notably zeroing in on Gomez, who appeared confused and startled as she coated her ears.

After Gomez seen that a few of her reactions from the night had been shortly circulating on social media, the “Solely Murders In The Constructing” star dropped her ideas in an Instagram Story.

“I’ll by no means be a meme once more,” she wrote early Wednesday morning after the ceremony. “I’d somewhat sit nonetheless than be dragged for being myself. A lot love.”

Gomez, who additionally went viral for her seeming displeasure when Chris Brown’s identify was known as out as a nominee for Greatest R&B, didn’t make clear which second she was referring to from that night.

Regardless of going viral over her facial expressions, Gomez got here out a winner on the VMAs. She snagged the award for Greatest Afrobeats for her smash summer time hit “Calm Down” with Nigerian artist Rema.