Star talks of strug­gles, while Drake beats Jacko

7 Days in Dubai - - CELEBRITY FIX -

Se­lena Gomez told the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards au­di­ence that even though she had ev­ery­thing, “I was ab­so­lutely bro­ken”.

Gomez made the re­marks as she ac­cepted the award for favourite pop/rock fe­male artist.

In her first pub­lic ap­pear­ance since tak­ing time off to treat de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety, the 24year-old singer ac­knowl­edged that the pub­lic knows “a lot of my life, whether I like it or not”.

“And I had to stop, be­cause I had ev­ery­thing, and I was ab­so­lutely bro­ken,” said the singer who can­celled a show in Dubai planned for Novem­ber 18. “I kept it all to­gether enough so I would never let you down, but I kept it too much to­gether to where I let my­self down.”

Gomez an­nounced in Au­gust that she was tak­ing a break to deal with anx­i­ety, panic at­tacks and de­pres­sion stem­ming from her bat­tle with lu­pus. The ex­pe­ri­ence ap­par­ently changed what she seeks on so­cial me­dia.

“I don’t want to see your bod­ies on In­sta­gram. I want to see what’s in here,” she said, touch­ing her heart. “I’m not try­ing to get val­i­da­tion, nor do I need any. All I can say from the bot­tom of my heart is I’m so grate­ful that I have the op­por­tu­nity to be able to share what I love ev­ery sin­gle day with peo­ple who I love.”

She thanked her fans for their loy­alty and re­minded them that “if you are bro­ken, you do not have to stay bro­ken”.

“And if that’s any­thing, whether you re­spect me or not, that’s some­thing you should know about me,” she said. “I care about peo­ple.”

Drake was the big win­ner at the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards with four gongs and de­buted a new com­mer­cial for Ap­ple Mu­sic.

“For our genre, I just like to keep things ex­cited and keep mak­ing mu­sic. Shout out to ev­ery­body that's try­ing to do the same thing,” said Drake, who broke Michael Jack­son’s record for most AMA nom­i­na­tions af­ter scor­ing 13 nom­i­na­tions.

Justin Bieber, who per­formed via video link from his tour in Zurich, Switzer­land, also won four awards.

Ari­ana Grande (left) was shak­ing on­stage as she col­lected artist of the year at the fan­voted show, beat­ing Adele, Ri­hanna, Car­rie Un­der­wood and Bieber.

“With or with­out this, I love you from the bot­tom of my heart,” she said to her fans.

UP FRONT: Se­lena Gomez; Ari­ana Grande (in­set top) ac­cepts her award; Drake (in­set left) takes to the stage

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