Earlier this year, Selena Gomez reportedly checked into rehab for depression and anxiety after cancelling her Revival concert tour. After taking some time out off the spotlight, the singer made a glamorous return last night at the 2016 American Music Awards. As the recipient of the Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist award, Gomez bravely addressed her personal struggles on stage. As she said in her emotional acceptance speech:
In 2014, this stage was actually the first time that I was authentically 100% honest with you. I think it’s safe to say that a lot of you know a lot of my life, whether I liked it or not, and I had to stop. Because I had everything, and I was absolutely broken. And I kept it together and I swore I would never let you down, but I kept it too much together to where I let myself down. 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.
Trying her best to hold back her tears, the 24-year-old artist also expressed her gratitude towards her fans. She then concluded her speech with a beautiful note on self-care: ”If you are broken, you don’t have to stay broken.” Watch the video below to see it for yourself: