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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”