Selena Gomez Re-Emerges Post-Rehab To Give Powerful Speech On Mental Health at AMAs

By Victoria Kim 11/22/16

“If you are broken you do not have to stay broken..."

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Selena Gomez Re-Emerges Post-Rehab To Give Powerful Speech On Mental Health at AMAs
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Upon taking the stage Sunday night at this year’s American Music Awards, Selena Gomez re-emerged in the public eye to deliver a powerful message about mental health. 

While accepting the award for favorite female pop/rock artist, the singer and actress who rose from Disney Channel stardom addressed personal issues that culminated in her most recent rehab stay. The singer has been keeping a low profile since August to deal with anxiety and depression.

“I think it’s safe to say that all of you know my life whether I like it or not,” she said. “I had to stop because I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside. 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.”

She continued, “If you are broken you do not have to stay broken. If that’s anything—whether you respect me or not—that’s one thing you should know about me. I care about people.”

The 24-year-old star canceled the remaining dates of her Revival world tour in August to take time off and focus on her mental health. During her stay in a Tennessee treatment center, the tabloid media ruthlessly monitored her every move, speculating on her well-being and relationship status. 

At the AMAs, she reclaimed her public image from the media vultures. Gomez was diagnosed with lupus several years ago and took a break in 2014 to recover from chemotherapy treatment for the disease, away from the limelight. 

"I felt like I’d lost everything. Just because it’s not plastered everywhere doesn’t mean I didn’t have my rock bottom," she told Billboard last year. “I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again.”

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Gomez explained in a statement that lupus is “an illness that can affect people in different ways.” For her, the disease’s side effects include anxiety, panic attacks and depression.

She said that she’s focused on “maintaining my mental health and happiness.” 

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