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After Being Trolled For Her “Off-Key” Performance, Reports Say That Selena Gomez Had A Panic Attack Before Going On Stage

Selena Gomez made her grand return to the American Music Awards this week, after two years of silence —that to us, Selenators, felt like a lifetime. Her performance was slated by trolls for being “shaky” and “off-key,” but reports have surfaced that Sel suffered a panic attack just moments before taking the stage, and if you ask us, performing right after that and still acing it, is a pretty admirable feat. 

Selena was in charge of opening the night of awards, performances, and tributes, with a performance of her own. 

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Sel opened the night with a performance of her latest singles ‘Look At Her Now’ and ‘Lose You To Love Me’, which recently dropped, topping the Billboard 100, proving that she’s still got what it takes to make instant pop hits. 

Her emotional performance of ‘Lose You to Love Me’ was her very first in two years. 

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The pop star sang the first two verses of ‘Lose You To Love Me’ with a shaky voice —but managed to regain her composure toward the end of it and completely saved her second song of the night ‘Look At Her Now’.

Selena’s double dose performance was met with mixed reviews.

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Selena’s double performance was met with a lukewarm response from critics and trolls alike, who, after watching from home, called it “off-key” and shaky.”

It’s now been reported that Sel was thrown off by a panic attack prior to her performance. 

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After the award ceremony ended that night, it was reported that just moments before she was due to go on stage, Selena’s nerves got the best of her. The singer —who’s been very outspoken about, and a big champion for mental health awareness— suffered a panic attack backstage.

According to People, a source said: “She definitely had a panic attack. She was nervous. She hasn’t been on stage in two years, and it’s an important song in her career. She really wanted to deliver.” The report confirmed that the panic attack hit her very “last-minute”, and “threw her off.”

Selena managed to brush it off and enjoyed the night with her friends.

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The source went on to say that, despite what happened before taking to the stage, and after her so-called “shaky” performance, Selena went on to enjoy the rest of her night with friends who were there to cheer and support her.

Get you BFFs that cheer for you like Halsey and Taylor Swift did for Sel.

Fellow pop stars Halsey and Taylor Swift —who was named both artist of the year and artist of the decade at the American Music Awards— were seen supporting Selena throughout her performance, from their seats in the crowd. And honestly, this is the energy, and positivity, we all want to surround ourselves with this 2020. 

Selena said it was “good to be back” and thanked her fans.

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After the event Selena posted a carrousel of photos of herself in her neon green outfit at the American Music Awards red carpet. “Feels good to be back.” she wrote. “Thank you to my entire team and to my fans that stand by me. All of this is for you and because of you. excited for this chapter.”

The ‘Lose You To Love Me’ singer, has a history of performing iconic songs at the AMAs in years past. 

Selena Gomez previously performed another chart-topping ballad “The Heart Wants What it Wants” at the AMAs in 2014 —that performance too was met with mixed reviews and lots of Justin Bieber-related rumors. In 2015, she sang “Same Old Love” and in 2017 she famously sang “Wolves” atop a vintage car, directed by her friend Petra Collins.

It’s been more than two years since Selena, who suffers from lupus, revealed she’d undergone kidney transplant surgery.

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The artist shared that her best friend Francia Raisa had given her the organ as a life-saving measure against Lupus. The star took time off to focus on her health and this year, she came roaring back to the music scene again with “Lose You To Love Me,” which reignited the same old Justin Bieber drama fans keep dragging her back into since the early 2010s.

Selenators had been asking for new music for years —and this year, finally, we got it.

For years, fans had been clamoring for new music from Selena Gomez —who hasn’t released a solo album since ‘Revival’ in 2015. But this year, the singer will finally be giving her fans what they’ve been asking for, and she confirmed it on Instagram: 

“I’ve been working so hard to make this album as honest and fun as possible while remaining vulnerable enough to share where I am in life,” Gomez wrote on Instagram after LYTLM became her first number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. 

“I love you deeply and thank you so much for listening,” she wrote. “I want to thank each and every person that was [a part] of this moment that I’ll never forget!”

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Good news, Selenators! Word on the street is that Selena Gomez will soon be dropping her first-ever Spanish language album. The rumors started after Gomez dropped a surprising (and beautiful!) new Spanish-language single, “De Una Vez”.

Soon after the single dropped, rumors of a full Spanish-language studio album began to swirl when murals promoting “De Una Vez” and a yet-unreleased single “Baila Conmigo” popped up across, Mexico.

To make matters even better, Selena already dropped “De Una Vez”‘s music video.

The lush and imaginative video has been garnering praise for its inclusion of Latin American visuals and symbols. Gomez hired Tania Verduzco and Adrian Perez to direct her video–a husband and wife team who hail from Mexico and Spain, respectively and go by the moniker Los Pérez.

Of hiring Spanish speakers to direct her video, Gomez revealed to Vogue online that the decision was intentional. “If I was going to completely immerse myself into a project inspired by Latin culture, I wanted to work with native Spanish speaking creators,” she said.

And indeed, Verduzco and Perez tried to infuse as much Latin spirit into the video’s conception as possible.

“Magical realism has always been part of the Latin culture, whether it be in art or telenovelas,” Gomez told Vogue. “I wanted [to capture] that sense of a supernatural world.”

They accomplished this sense of magical realism by utilizing motifs from Mexican folk art, like Milagro, which is symbolized by the glowing heart that is beating within Gomez’s chest throughout the video.

“We wanted to play with powerful language and images. We designed the heart—we call it the Milagro in Mexican culture—and its light to be a metaphor for the healing throughout the story,” Verduzco told Vogue.

Selena Gomez fans are especially excited about this project because Gomez has long hinted at her desire to release a Spanish-language album.

Back in 2011, Gomez tweeted about her plans to eventually record an entire album in Spanish. “Can’t wait for y’all to hear the Spanish record;) it’s sounding so cool,” she wrote.

She retweeted the sentiment on Thursday with the comment: “I think it will be worth the wait”–which many fans took as confirmation that a full studio album is on its way.

It’s worth noting that Gomez has already dipped her toe into the Latin music scene with 2010’s “Un Año Sin Lluvia” and 2018’s DJ Snake, Ozuna and Cardi B collab, “Taki Taki”.

As for the difficulty of recording songs in a second language, Gomez said that it was a practice that came naturally.

“I actually think I sing better in Spanish. That was something I discovered,” she said in an interview for Apple Music. “It was a lot of work, and look, you cannot mispronounce anything. It is something that needed to be precise, and needed to be respected by the audience I’m going to release this for.”

She continued: “Of course I want everyone to enjoy the music, but I am targeting my fan base. I’m targeting my heritage, and I couldn’t be more excited.”

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny is on top of the world. Or, at least, that’s how it appears to all of us on the outside enjoying his record-breaking year. Not only did he release three albums in 2020 but he also landed his debut acting role in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico and from his Instagram stories, he seems to be in a happy, contentful relationship.

But like so many others, Bad Bunny has his experience with mental health issues, of which he recently opened up about in an interview with El País.

Bad Bunny recently spoke up about his struggle with depression.

Despite his immense success that’s catapulted him to, arguably, the world’s biggest superstar, Bad Bunny admits that sometimes he still feels like the young man who bagged groceries in a supermarket.

The reggaetonero revealed in an interview with El País that right as his career really started to take off, he was not happy. “You asked me before how I hadn’t gone crazy. Well, I think that was the moment that was going to determine if I was going to go crazy or not. From 2016 to 2018 I disappeared, I was stuck in a capsule, without knowing anything. The world saw me, but I was missing,” he said.

Although no doctor diagnosed him, he is sure of what was happening. it only did he feel lost and empty but he had stopped doing many of the things that brought him joy, like watching movies and boxing. Without realizing it, he had also fallen out of contact with much of his family, with whom he was typically very close.

“And that’s when I said: who am I? What’s going on?” he told El País. When he returned home to Puerto Rico from spending time in Argentina, he was able to get back into the right state of mind and remember who he was.

Despite his success, Bad Bunny still worries he’s in financial trouble.

Although today, he is the number one Latin artist on Spotify and the awards for his music keep coming, there are times when Bad Bunny still thinks that he has financial problems.

“Not long ago, I was 100% clear in my head what I have achieved, maybe a year or six months ago; but until then, many times I forgot, I felt that I was the kid from the supermarket. He would happen something and say: “Hell!” And then: “Ah, no, wait, if I have here,” he said, touching his pocket.

Much like Bad Bunny, J Balvin has also been candid about his own mental health struggles.

Bad Bunny is just the most recent to speak to the emotional havoc he experiences despite being a global superstar. And, thankfully, like many other celebrities, he’s been able to find refuge in a reality that allows him to keep his feet on the ground so that he too can enjoy the achievements of his career.

Much like El Conejo, J Balvin is known for the brightness of his style and mentality. But he’s long addressed the importance of caring for one’s mental health. During his Arcoíris Tour, he encouraged people to not be ashamed of seeking professional help, and let the audience know they are not alone.   

“Las enfermedades de salud mental son una realidad. Yo he sufrido de depresión y he sufrido de ansiedad, así que tengo que aceptarlo. Y eso me hace más humano, me hace entender que la vida tiene pruebas,” Balvin said. “Pero si alguien está pasando una situación difícil, no están solos, siempre llega la luz. Tarde o temprano llega la luz.”  

“Mental health illnesses are a reality. I have suffered from depression and anxiety, so I have to accept it. And this makes me more human. It makes me understand that life has challenges,” Balvin said in Spanish. “But if someone is going through a difficult time, they are not alone, light always comes. Sooner or later, the light comes.”  

We need more men like Benito and J Balvin to speak up about their mental health struggles, to help destroy the stigma that exists within our community.

And in the same interview, he also spoke about why he works to elevate the Spanish language.

As for the possibility of singing in English, the answer remains the same: a resounding no.

“You have to break this view that the gringos are Gods…No, papi,” he told El País. And, although he’s collaborated with artists like Drake, Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez, he has always sang in Spanish and with his famous accent.

“I am very proud to reach the level where we are speaking in Spanish, and not only in Spanish, but in the Spanish that we speak in Puerto Rico. Without changing the accent,” he said.

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