Selena Gomez accepts the award for favorite female pop/rock artist at the 2016 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 20, 2016Reuters

Selena Gomez gave an emotional speech while accepting an award at the 2016 American Music Awards in Los Angeles. The 24-year-old entertainer won the award for Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock at the event.

The former Disney star is currently taking a break from music and concentrating on her health after being diagnosed with lupus. She was dealing with anxiety, depression and panic attacks as side effects of the autoimmune disease.

She said in her speech: "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 most of you know my life whether I liked it or not. And 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. I'm not trying to get validation, nor do I need it anymore. All I can say is I'm so grateful that I have the opportunity to be able to share what I love every 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. But if you are broken, you do not have to stay broken. And if that's anything whether you respect me or not, that's one thing you should know about me. I care about people and thank you so much for this. This is for you," Gomez added.

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