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Selena Gomez Makes First Public Appearance Since Rehab Stint

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Nov. 21 2016, Updated 12:08 p.m. ET

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Selena Gomez made her big return to the spotlight at the American Music Awards on Sunday, taking home the Artist of the Year award. Get the scoop on her rehab stay.

Gomez teared up during her acceptance speech, saying: "I think it's safe to say that most of you know a lot of my life, whether I like it or not. I had to stop, 'cause 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."

2016 American Music Awards – Roaming Show

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Celebrity pals were very supportive throughout the evening, with most her her Taylor Swift squad members tweeting their love for the singer.

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2016 American Music Awards – Roaming Show

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As reported, the 24-year-old stepped away from the limelight this summer to deal with "anxiety, panic attacks and depression." Sources told Radar she checked into a rehab facility shortly thereafter.

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Last month, Gomez reemerged near the rehab facility for a smoke break, with a noticeable bandage on her left hand sparking concern.

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"It almost seemed like she was hoping to be recognized by someone," a source who spotted the singer at a local arcade told Radar, "but not even the worker getting her ice cream knew who she was."

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2016 American Music Awards – Arrivals

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As Radar previously reported, Gomez canceled her Revival tour in late August, telling fans she needed to focus on herself and her health.

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Another insider revealed to Radar in September that she wasn't being treated for drug-related problems — but more so for her medical diagnosis and depression.

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2016 American Music Awards – Arrivals

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"I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off,". "Thank you to all my fans for your support. You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best. I know I am not alone by sharing this. I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues."

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2016 American Music Awards – Arrivals

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What do you think of Selena's big return to the red carpet? Let us know in the comments below!

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