People Are Accusing Selena Gomez of Lip-Syncing at the AMAs, But She Might've Had a Panic Attack Before Her Performance

Last night, Selena Gomez made her return to the stage mere months after undergoing a kidney transplant to help treat her lupus. During Sunday’s broadcast of the AMAs, Selena sang her new song “Wolves” alongside DJ Marshmello and a number of backup dancers. While it's simply incredible that Sel is up and performing this soon after a serious medical procedure, not everyone was impressed with her performance, with some Twitter users calling her out for lip-syncing.

But for all those who were calling her out, there were also people jumping to Selena’s defense. There's been a rumor circulating that Selena had a panic attack before her performance, which many fans have been citing as a reason for her alleged lip-syncing.

Whether Selena was lip-syncing or not, performing live can be terrifying—especially when millions of people can criticize you from the comfort of their couch. So, if Selena did make the choice to lip-sync, that’s her prerogative. But, in my opinion, one of the beautiful things of live performance is the authenticity that is present, even if the artist doesn’t sound perfect. Embrace your flaws, Selena—I’ll love you even more for that!