Last week, Selena Gomez joined the ranks of celebrities opening up about mental health issues, NBC News reports.
On November 20, 2016, Gomez won Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist at the American Music Awards. On stage to accept her award, she delivered a moving speech about her personal battle with depression and anxiety.
Gomez, 24, has an autoimmune disease called lupus, which caused her to undergo chemotherapy. The lupus led to anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. Due to these struggles, Gomez canceled her tour back in August.
The young artist opened up about her various mental health issues in a heartfelt speech at the AMAs.
“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, ‘cause I had everything, and I was absolutely broken inside. And I kept it all together to where I never let you down, But I kept it too much together where I let myself down,” Gomez said.
She then made a direct appeal while giving thanks to young people and fans watching.
“I don’t want to see your bodies on Instagram. I want to see what’s in here,” Gomez continued with a gesture to her heart. “And I have to say thank you 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 don’t have to stay broken.”
Her honesty was met with emotion and high praise from the audience and social media.