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Selena Gomez Returns To Public Eye With Emotional AMAs Speech

In her first public appearance since August, Selena Gomez made quite the comeback at the American Music Awards on Sunday. Gomez had taken a well-publicized break, citing her need to cope with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and her recent Lupus diagnosis.

The 24-year-old took the stage after winning the award for the favorite rock/pop female artist. "I kept it all together enough to where I would never let you down," she said. "But I kept it too much together to where I let myself down. I had to stop because I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside."

"I don't want to see your bodies on Instagram," she said, placing her hand on her heart. "I want to see what's in here."

"I'm not trying to get validation, nor do I need it anymore," she continued. "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. 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."

"But if you are broken, you do not have to stay broken. That's one thing you should know about me — I care about people. And this is for you."

Her emotional and empowering speech struck a chord, especially with those who've struggled with mental illness.

It also moved the millions of viewers watching the AMAs, who could totally relate to how Gomez has been feeling (even Lady Gaga cried!). At one point or another, we've all experienced moments where we've let ourselves down or didn't feel our best or have been afraid to ask for help. Gomez's honesty speak volumes to the importance of taking care of yourself before getting caught up in the hectic, crazy whirlwind that we call life.

Welcome back, Sel. Thanks for always keeping it real.

Watch her entire speech below.

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