Selena Gomez’s Moving AMAs Speech: Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift + Stars React
— AMAs (@AMAs) November 21, 2016
Selena Gomez returned to the public eye in a big way at last night’s (November 20) American Music Awards, and her Favorite Female Artist acceptance speech — which spoke to recovery from brokenness — left fans and fellow stars dumbstruck.
“I had to stop, because I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside,” Gomez said. “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.”
Fellow stars like Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga shared their awe with Gomez’s words and her bravely honest story, while Niall Horan offered words of support on Monday (“young woman”? You’re younger than her, Niall!) and reportedly backstage as well.
Just watching the show back from last night . Really great show . Loved it . love to Selena for the speech , brave young woman
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) November 21, 2016
— Niall Horan News (@NJHNEWS) November 21, 2016
Sendin the biggest hug in the world to @selenagomez for speaking about how important it is to take care of your mental health
— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) November 21, 2016
— Selena Gomez News (@SelenaGomezNews) November 21, 2016
Selena speech at the amas ❤️ more of that in the world please.
— p dubbs (@petewentz) November 21, 2016
— Camila Cabello (@camilacabello97) November 21, 2016
Gomez’s August statement included admission that she’d been suffering through complications from lupus, and was learning to cope with things like anxiety and panic.
“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,” she said.
Watch Gomez’s speech again above, and tell us what you thought of the sentiment in the comments.
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