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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!”

Selena Gomez Celebrated The Drop Of Revival With A New Tattoo—And We Bet You Didn’t Know These Celebs Had Neck Tats Too

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Selena Gomez Celebrated The Drop Of Revival With A New Tattoo—And We Bet You Didn’t Know These Celebs Had Neck Tats Too

Selena Gomez dropped her third solo studio album just last week. And she celebrated the years-in-the-making project by getting some new ink on Wednesday night. And we got thinking —did you know all these celebrities have neck tattoos too? Read on for more. 

Selena Gomez celebrated the release of her long-awaited third album Rare by getting a new tattoo. 

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Did it again @bangbangnyc 🦋 rare

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Taking to social media, the pop star revealed she’d inked the album’s title on her neck, just below her right ear. “Did it again…rare,” Gomez captioned a video of herself checking out the finished product in the mirror for the first time, also tagging famed New York City tattoo shop Bang Bang NYC. 

The dainty tattoo—written in the same script as the album’s cover art—isn’t her first one. 

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There must be a sweeter place. #Rare

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Although the singer’s brand new tattoo is just the most recent of her extensive collection, it does seem to be the first ink to directly reference one of her three solo studio sets. Her latest album features Hot 100 chart topper “Lose You To Love Me” and “Look At Her Now,” Rare serves as a years-in-the-making follow-up to 2013’s Stars Dance and 2015’s Revival.

Stars are always looking for new ways to express themselves…

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Sometimes artists choose to convey their sensibility with particularly challenging acting roles or with the next top 40 ballad and other times with body art. So, how well do you know these oft-hidden works of celebrity ink? Keep reading to test your knowledge of stars’ neck tattoos.

Eva Longoria’s regretful ‘nine’ 

The “Desperate Housewives” star got this tattoo in honor of her husband, basketball star Tony Parker, who’s jersey number is —you guessed it— No. 9. After their marriage collapsed in late 2010 amid allegations Tony cheated, Eva began the painful process of having this tattoo (and two others that paid homage to the basketball star) removed.

Victoria Beckham’s Hebrew tattoo

The former pop star has a quote from the Song of Solomon etched in Hebrew down the back of her neck and spine in honor of her sixth wedding anniversary —although, she famously wanted to get it removed in the early 2010s, we’re not too sure whether the ink is still there. 

Jessica Alba’s little flower

The actress got this tiny design of a daisy and ladybug tattooed on the back of her neck years and years ago.

Vanessa Hudgens’ first tattoo

The “Spring Breakers” actress got the tattoo at New York City’s celeb-friendly tattoo parlor Bang Bang Tattoos in February 2011. “A butterfly landed on my mom’s stomach a week before I was born and that’s how I got my name, because Vanessa means butterfly —it’s a Latin derivative,” the “High School Musical” alum explained on “Late Show With David Letterman.”

Rihanna’s typo

The super star’s neck tat reads “rebelle fleur,” which actually translates to the equivalent of “flower rebellious” rather than the intended “rebellious flower” or “rebel flower.” In 2011, the singer launched her first fragrance for women, which she similarly named Reb’l Fleur.

Justin Bieber’s Patience and Angel Wing Neck Tattoos

The Canadian singer-songwriter has ‘Patience’ inked vertically in a Gothic style font along the right side of his neck. He also has a tattoo of two black and grey angel wings on the back of his neck.

Cara Delevingne’s Magical Yantra Tattoo

The English model/actress first inked a design inspired by Yantra tattooing and later added a pair of spooky eyes.

Cardi B’s Samuel and Sign Language Tattoos

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The popular rapper has the American sign language gesture for “I Love You” and a small black star inked behind her right ear. She also had the name “Samuel” in red ink tattooed just below her neck —although that one has probably been removed by now. 

Offset’s tribute to Cardi

Nothing says “I love you forever” like getting your girlfriend’s name tattooed on your neck. Migos rapper Offset apparently had “Cardi B” inked on his neck along with a cartoon image of Powerpuff Girls character Buttercup (a fave of Cardi B).

The Super Bowl Just Hit The Latina Trifecta Thanks To This Big Announcement

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The Super Bowl Just Hit The Latina Trifecta Thanks To This Big Announcement

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Looks like the Super Bowl is officially going to be fire. Late last year it was announced that , Jennifer Lopez and Shakira would headline the halftime show. News of their duo performance sparked both delight and, in light of the NFL’s anti-Black Lives Matter stance, some controversy. Still, whether you love it or hate, the show will go on and Demi Lovato is now taking part.

On Thursday the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer announced that she will be performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl LIV in Miami. 

In a post to her Instagram account, the singer shared an official photo and a caption that read, “Singing the National Anthem at #SBLIV See you in Miami @NFL.”

The announcement is proof that Latinas and Demi in particular are setting 2020 on fire.

After all, Lovato’s announcement comes just two days after she announced that she had accepted an invite to performat the 2020 Grammy Awards at the end of this month. The news sparked excitement amongst Lovato’s fans particularly because the singer hasn’t performed live since 2018 when she was hospitalized for a drug overdose. 

This year, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will also headline the halftime show.

Super Bowl LIV will be played on February 2. Fox will televise the game starting at 6:30 p.m. with kickoff shortly thereafter.

We don’t know who will face off in the 54th Super Bowl but we know who will be serving up delicious cuisine at Hard Rock Stadium the day of the big game and the big performance — a dominicana chef.

Chef Dayanny de la Cruz the Centerplate Executive Chef of the Hard Rock Stadium will be feeding guests with delicious sazón on Super Bowl Sunday. 

The woman responsible for coordinating the food experience for Super Bowl LIV is Dayanny de la Cruz. The mom of three is the executive chef of the Hard Rock Stadium. FIERCE recently spoke to Chef Dayanny about her beginnings, her connections with the world of food, breaking through the glass ceiling and what it’s like to design a menu that matches JLo and Shakira’s superstardom. 

Chef Dayanny was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and grew up in a home where everything happened around the kitchen table. It was the kind of childhood where her mother always insisted she eat before she play and she was able to run outside and pick ripe mangoes straight from surrounding trees. Chef Dayanny credits this early association with fresh foods and the warmth of a lively kitchen with her decision to enter the culinary world. 

She first went to school to get a degree in hospitality management from Universidad Central del Este in the Dominican Republic. It was here that she decided to move to the United States with her parents and pursue a career in culinary arts. After getting her degree in Grand Rapids, MI, the newbie chef accepted her first position in a kosher kitchen at the DoubleTree Hotel in Chicago — an experience that she says was one of the most difficult and rewarding of her career. 

It was during this time in Chicago that Chef Dayanny was exposed to the world of sports luxury entertainment. She quickly started building her resume with some of the most elite sports events in the US, such as the US open in New York, the Kentucky Derby and the NBA All-Stars. Chef Dayanny explained to FIERCE, the experience was a different challenge than what she was used to, but she was drawn to that difficult task.

Her experience eventually led her to Miami and the Hard Rock Stadium.

 As the executive chef, this means she would be in charge of the kitchen staff for each of these locations. Chef Dayanny also oversees the menus for each concession, kitchen and restaurant at the stadium, and ensures the quality of the food leaving the kitchen. Currently, the stadium has 7 kitchens, 167 suits, 7 all-inclusive clubs and 25 concession stands.

Among those responsibilities is a self-imposed rule that Chef Dayanny expects of her kitchens: to keep them extremely diverse. Listing Central America, South America, Africa and other countries as some of the sources of inspiration for the cuisine she serves, the chef explained to FIERCE that she not only includes her own Dominican flavors into her kitchens but she encourages the native flavors of her kitchen staff to be utilized as well. 

The road leading up to her high-profile career hasn’t been easy. Unfortunately, Chef Dayanna also experienced something many women — Latinas especially — experience coming up in her career.

Like in many industries, the culinary world is still very much a boys’ club. As such, women are given an especially difficult time when they enter the industry to gain experience. Sometimes the interactions are so traumatizing that women leave their industry completely to avoid facing more injustices. 

Chef Dayanny confirmed that as a Latina she bumped into the infamous glass ceiling several times before climbing up the ladder. However, it wasn’t her own struggle she was concerned about, but the struggle of the next generation of women. Acknowledging that we still have a ways to go in making strides in equality, Chef Dayanny explained, “If we are standing still, not moving forward, we aren’t clearing the way for the next generation.” 

As thrilled as she is about the upcoming Super Bowl, when asked how she feels knowing that she is somewhat responsible for feeding JLo and Shakira, Chef Dayanny left us with a reminder of what’s most important. 

Anyone who talks to Chef Dayanny can hear how much she loves to cook and how she adores food in general. So, to reach this point in her career where she receives this honor is obviously a big deal for her. In her interview with FIERCE, we hear in her voice how proud she is to land this role. While Chef Dayanny admitted she is excited about organizing the menus at the Super Bowl, for her, the real excitement comes when the party is over.