Following criticism over Selena Gomez's "shaky" performance at the 2019 American Music Awards, sources close to the star revealed that she suffered from a panic attack right before taking the stage.

People reports that Gomez — who performed her songs "Lose You to Love Me" and "Look at Her Now" — was hit with a wave of anxiety "at the very last minute."

"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," a source said, later adding that it, "It threw her off. She did sound better at rehearsal."

Unfortunately, many people were quick to critique Gomez's performance online, according to Metro UKwith criticism ranging from "I have a feeling she was just nervous," to less generous comments like, "Yikes.. I love Selena, but this just really wasn't it."

Thankfully though, Gomez also had her fair share of supporters, who defended her performance by writing things like, "anyone would be nervous and have their voice be shaky also she has health problems that make it a little harder."

That said, the publication reports that Gomez didn't let it get her down, as she still "had fun afterwards with her friends and family and was in good spirits."

"Feels good to be back," she also wrote via her Instagram following the ceremony. "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."

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