Selena Gomez: “I was absolutely broken inside”

Selena Gomez won big last night at the American Music Awards (AMA), taking home the award for Favorite Artist in the pop/rock genre, but she won the audience with her empowering speech. The singer has been battling some serious mental health issues, side effects from lupus, and she’s been out of the spotlight for a couple months.

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“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 told People in August following the end of her Revival tour. “I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges.”

During her AMA acceptance speech, she thanked her audience for being so supportive and also shared about how difficult it is to be in the spotlight all the time. This is what she had to say: