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Pop singer Selena Gomez gets emotional at AMAs

November 21, 2016 GMT

After taking a career break to focus on her emotional health, singe Selena Gomez showed up Sunday night to claim the favorite female artist trophy at the American Music Awards.

It was her first public appearance since her break, and she made an emotional acceptance speech.

“I think it’s safe to say that all of you know my life whether I like it or not,” she said. “I had to stop because I had everything and I was absolutely broken inside.”

The singer thanked her fans for their loyalty and issued her own advice for people who need help: “If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken.”

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When Gomez announced her break in August, she said she was taking time off to focus on her health and happiness.