If you've missed seeing this actress and musician in the spotlight as much as we have, you'll be glad to know she's back and more powerful than ever. While accepting her American Music Award for Favorite Female Artist in the pop/rock genre, Selena Gomez gave a brave and heartfelt speech that stole the show and proves she's stronger than she's ever been.
In August, it was announced that Gomez was taking a well-deserved break and giving her mind, body, and soul what it needed so that she can deal with some lesser-known complications from Lupus, including anxiety and depression.
"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," she said in her speech.
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Listen as she speaks from the heart about her hard-fought battle back from the depths:
"If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken." How incredibly moving, right?
Her honesty is so commendable because she's lifting the stigma that far too often surrounds mental health issues. She's the perfect example of someone who might look like she has it all together on the outside, yet she's falling apart inside and afraid to let it show.
Not only does the 24-year-old look healthy and, quite frankly, phenomenal, she's also gained such wisdom and perspective. As she said in her speech:
I don't want to see your bodies on Instagram. I want to see what's in here [pointing to her heart]. I'm not trying to get validation, nor do I need it anymore. All I can say from the bottom of my heart is that I'm so grateful that I have the opportunity to be able to share what I love every single day with people that I love. And 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.
We love how she's using her platform to help others who may be facing similar issues.
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Her fellow musicians loved her message as well.
We love that Gomez is focused on helping herself so she can in turn help others. If there's a bright spot to everything the star has endured, it's that she's emerged on the other side as a beacon for those who will heed her call to take care of themselves.