Pop star Selena Gomez, who accepted the award for Favourite Female Artist in the pop/rock genre at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, stunned the audience with a heart-melting speech about the pressures of fame. Yes, the 24-year-old won hearts!!
— AMAs (@AMAs) November 21, 2016
Makeup artist Hung Vanngo tweets:
— Hung Vanngo (@hungvanngo) November 21, 2016
— Selena Gomez News (@MyLifeIsSelG) November 21, 2016
Here goes the full speech:
The emotional words did not come out of Selena’s mouth out of the blue. Those who follow her life know that the singer was on a long break from the spotlight to handle the anxiety and depression she was going through and took some time off to focus on her health. Lupus — a serious autoimmune disease with which she was diagnosed in 2013 — had affected her mental health.
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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 and announced a break.
Most of all, the Selenators (her fans call themselves) are the happiest since the pop star’s comeback call was confirmed.
Here are the best of all quotes by Selena from the memorable night:
“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. I had to stop, because I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside.”
“I’m not trying to get validation, nor do I need it anymore.”
— AMAs (@AMAs) November 21, 2016
“If you are broken, you don’t have to stay broken.”
“I don’t want to see your bodies on Instagram, I want to see what’s in here (indicating her heart).”
“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.”
— Taylor Swift News (@TSwiftNZ) November 21, 2016
“That’s one thing you should know about me – I care about people. And this is for you.”
The room erupted in cheers, so did we!
Whether or not you’re a fan of Selena Gomez’ music, you’ll definitely fall in love with her powerful words. There’s still so much stigma around mental health, but if people like Selena come forward and help others by talking about their personal struggles, it’ll make a big difference.
Full transcript of Selena’s acceptance speech below:
“Thank you guys so much.
In 2014, this stage was actually the first time that I was authentically, 100-percent honest with all of you. I think it’s safe to say that most of you know a lot of my life, whether I liked it or not. And I had to stop. Because I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside. And I kept it all together enough to never let you down, but I kept too much together, to where I let myself down.
I don’t want to see your bodies on Instagram. I want to see what’s in here [taps chest]. 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 to 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. But if you are broken, you do not have to stay broken. And if you have respect for me or not, that’s one thing you should know about me, is I care about people. And thank you so much for this. This is for you. Thank you.”
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