Selena Gomez Makes a Glam Return After Career Break at the American Music Awards
The entertainer took a break in August to seek help for emotional issues stemming from her lupus diagnosis
After stepping away from the limelight at the end of August to focus on her emotional health, Selena Gomez made her big return at the American Music Awards on Sunday.
The star’s make-up artist Hung Vanngo gave Gomez’s fans a sneak peek of her look, posting a photo of the singer all glammed up ahead of the show.
Selenators immediately began freaking out, taking to Twitter to express their excitement and support for the entertainer.
“As many of you know, around a year ago I revealed that I have lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways,” the singer and actress, 24, previously told PEOPLE exclusively in a statement. “I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges.”
“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,” she continued.
Last month, multiple sources confirmed the entertainer — who is nominated for Artist of the Year and Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist — was seeking professional help to get back into a positive headspace.
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“She decided to clear her calendar for the year in order to have this be her priority for future happiness and didn’t want to leave any promoters at bay,” a source close to Gomez previously told PEOPLE about the star’s career break. “She feels relieved that she can now make more sense of why she was feeling the way she was and is optimistic about the future.”
Last fall, the star confirmed ongoing rumors she was battling the autoimmune disease, telling Billboard she underwent chemotherapy as treatment during a break she took in 2013 in the midst of her Stars Dance tour.
The American Music Awards air live on Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. on ABC.