Selena Gomez stepped back into the spotlight for the first time, at the 2016 American Music Awards since completing a stint in rehab and the experience has had a profound impact on her.
Having struggled with anxiety and panic attacks, Gomez gave an emotional and candid speech while accepting the award for favourite female pop singer.
“In 2014, this stage was actually the first time that I was authentically, 100 per cent honest with all of you. I think it’s safe to say that all of you know my life whether I like it or not.”
She opened up to the audience and to her fans. “I had to stop, because I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside. I kept it all together enough to where I would never let you down but I kept it too much together to where I let myself down.”
The “Same Old Love” singer also had a word of advice for her supporters: “I don’t want to see your bodies on Instagram. I want to see what’s in here. I’m not trying to get validation, nor do I need it anymore. All I can say from the bottom of my heart is I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to be able to share what I love every single day with people that I love.
“I have to say thank you so much to my fans because you guys are so damn loyal and I don’t know what I did to deserve you… If you are broken you do not have to stay broken. If that’s anything, whether you respect me or not, that’s one thing you should know about me is I care about people. Thank you so much for this. This is for you. Thank you.”
Prior to the award show, the beautiful Gomez, 24, set hearts on fire with her scorching red Prada dress and diamond drop earrings. The “Hands to Myself” singer complemented her outfit with a sleek low ponytail.
Gomez has kept out of the limelight since late August, cancelling the remaining 34 dates on her “Revival” world tour and checking into rehab to focus on her mental health. She previously told Us Weekly, “As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have Lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways.
“I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of Lupus, which can present their own challenges. I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off.”
Despite her personal struggles, one thing is certain — fans are happy to see their favourite artist back!