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Selena Gomez at AMA awards: 'If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken'

Posted November 22

Selena Gomez is back in the public eye, and she wants to help people understand what it means to defeat brokenness.

Last night during the American Music Awards, Gomez won the prize for best female rock/pop artist. During her acceptance speech, she spoke about how she felt broken during the summer, which led her to cancel her summer tour and escape the public eye, according to Relevant magazine.

“As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways,” she said in her speech. "I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus … 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.”

Gomez said she had to stop her touring to get back to fix what was broken inside of her. She said she spent too much time keeping her emotions together, when she really needed to take a break.

Now, she hopes her fans and fellow Americans will follow in her footsteps.

“I don't want to see your bodies on Instagram,” she said. “I want to see what's in here (pointing to her heart). I'm not trying to get validation, nor do I need it any more. All I can say is I'm so grateful that I have the opportunity to be able to share what I love every day with people that I love. … If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken.”

Watch her full speech here.

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