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

Melody Chiu, People
November 21, 2016

Selena Gomez left her heart onstage at the American Music Awards Sunday night.

While accepting the award for favorite female artist in the pop/rock category, the star addressed her recent break from the spotlight in an emotional speech.

“I think it’s safe to say that most of you know a lot of my life, whether I like it or not. I had to stop, ’cause I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside,” said Gomez, tearing up. “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.”

The “Same Old Love” singer is the most-followed celebrity on Instagram and often shares her life with her fans on social media.

“I don’t want to see your bodies on Instagram. I want to see what’s in here,” the singer urged as she motioned at her heart. “I’m not trying to get validation, nor do I need it anymore.”

She also thanked them for their support over the last few months. “All I can say from the bottom of my heart is I am so grateful I have the opportunity to share what I love 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.”

Before leaving the stage, the entertainer also left her Selenators with a piece of advice: “If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken … whether you respect me or not, one thing you should know about is I care about people.”

She also thanked them for their support over the last few months. “All I can say from the bottom of my heart is I am so grateful I have the opportunity to share what I love 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.”

Before leaving the stage, the entertainer also left her Selenators with a piece of advice: “If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken … whether you respect me or not, one thing you should know about is I care about people.”

 At the end of August, Gomez took a career break to focus on her emotional health. Multiple sources confirmed the star recently sought professional treatment to get back into a positive headspace.

 

This article originally appeared on People.com.