Read Selena Gomez's Heartfelt Speech at the American Music Awards

Read Selena Gomez's Heartfelt Speech at the American Music Awards

Gomez returns to the spotlight with an impassioned speech about her own mental health at last night's AMAs.

Gomez returns to the spotlight with an impassioned speech about her own mental health at last night's AMAs.

Text: William Defebaugh

After taking some time out of the spotlight to focus on her mental health, Selena Gomez made a powerful return to the public eye at last night's American Music Awards in Los Angeles. Accepting the award for Favorite Pop/Rock artist, Gomez took to the stage to deliver a deeply emotional speech to both her fans and fellow members of the music business.

"I had to stop because I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside," said the singer. "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."

In an industry predominantly defined by expectations of perfection, Gomez's honesty about her struggles were welcome, and seemed to hit home for many (including Lady Gaga, who took what appears to have been a heartfelt moment backstage with the singer).

Read the full transcript of Gomez's speech below via Entertainment Weekly.

“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 all of you know my life whether I like it or not. 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. I don’t want to see your bodies on Instagram. I want to see what’s in here [holds 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 I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to be able to share what I love every single 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. 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. Thank you so much for this. This is for you.”

Credits: Cover photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

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