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In an emotional speech at the American Music Awards hearkening back to her 2014 speech on the same stage, Selena Gomez explained why she took a break from her music career, and the spotlight, to focus on her health.

"I think it's safe to say that most of you know a lot of my life whether I liked it or not," said Gomez, a frequent target of tabloids and internet articles like this one. "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," she continued, to a respectfully silent crowd. "But I kept it too much together to where I let myself down."

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"I don't want to see your bodies on Instagram. I want to see what's in here," she said, shaking her head and touching her heart as the audience began to cheer.

"I'm not trying to get validation nor do I need it anymore," she concluded, somewhat ironically clutching a trophy for Favorite Female Artist.

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

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