Selena Gomez had a 'panic attack' before shaky AMAs performance: report

Selena Gomez reportedly suffered a "panic attack" before her shaky performance at the 2019 American Music Awards on Sunday night.

E! News was the first to report that the singer had "anxiety" before opening the show of the highly-watched awards show, which was her first major performance in two years.

"Selena definitely had anxiety and a panic attack before she went out and was putting a lot of pressure on herself," an insider told the outlet.

People spoke to a source close to Gomez, 27, who confirmed that she "really wanted to deliver" in her big moment.

"She definitely had a panic attack. She was nervous," the insider revealed. "She hasn’t been on stage in two years, and it’s an important song in her career. She really wanted to deliver."

"It threw her off," the source added of her "last minute" panic attack. "She did sound better at rehearsal."

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Carrie Underwood attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Carrie Underwood attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Taylor Swift attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Selena Gomez attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for dcp)
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US singer/songwriter Christina Aguilera arrives for the 2019 American Music Awards at the Microsoft theatre on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Camila Cabello attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
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US actress Jenna Dewan arrives for the 2019 American Music Awards at the Microsoft theatre on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Pete Wentz attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Carole King attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Taran Killam attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Lauren Jauregui attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for dcp)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Hilary Roberts attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: (L-R) Claudia Sulewski and Finneas O'Connell attend the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for dcp)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Asher Angel attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Patrick Starrr attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Nick Tangorra attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Agnez Mo attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for dcp)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Tessa Brooks attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Julissa Bermudez attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Cobie Smulders attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Sarah Levy attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Jharrel Jerome attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 24: Katherine Langford attends the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
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The singer was noticeably nervous during her performance at the AMAs, particularly during opening song, "Lose You To Love Me," which became her first-ever No. 1 hit the week it was released back in October. Viewers were quick to express their concern and confusion over Gomez's delivery, though her demeanor improved during the more upbeat "Look At Her Now."

While she may have struggled before and during her show-opening moment on Sunday night, Gomez ended up enjoying her night back in the spotlight, especially during pal Taylor Swift's epic medley performance later in the ceremony, where she danced alongside Swift's parents in the front row.

"She had fun afterwards with her friends and family and was in good spirits," the People source added. 

Gomez also took to Instagram to express her gratitude for the support she felt during her night at the AMAs, which is the biggest fan-voted awards show in the world.

"Feels good to be back. Thank you to my entire team and to my fans that stand by me," she captioned photos from the red carpet. "All of this is for you and because of you. excited for this chapter #sg2."

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