“Thank you guys so much,” Gomez said, her voice shaking as she clutched her AMA. “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 w I would never let you down, but I kept it too much together to w I let myself down.”
As Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga and other stars cheered, Gomez said, “Thank you.”
Gomez was also nominated for Artist of the Year, which went to Grande.
In August, Gomez canceled the remainder of her Revival World Tour to focus on her overall well-being.
“I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges.”
Gomez went public with her diagnosis in the fall of 2015.